Influencing factors of the social interaction between children and parents during digital activities at home

2019-08-20
Konca, Ahmet Sami
Erden, Feyza
The aim is to identify influencing factors of the social interaction between children and parents during digital activities at home settings. Previous studies underline the importance of digital technologies for social development of young children. Considering children's intense use of digital technologies, children's social interactions with others are introduced. It is important to investigate social aspect of young children's technology use as there are some concerns about negative influence of technology use on social development of children (AAP, 2016). Johnson (2010) proposed Ecological-Techno-Microsystem that provide a holistic view for the relationship between digital technologies and development of young children. A phenomenological approach was used. The interactions were observed during home visits. No personal information was gathered, and it is completely anonymous. The data are kept safe in an encrypted hard disk. The children's passive exposure to the digital-technologies, inappropriate content of some digital activities, the children's multitasking, and irrelevant communication during digital-activities were related to the conflicts. On the other hand, appropriate features of digital-activities and interaction related to digital activities led to synchronise. There may be other contextual characteristics that may affect interactions. In addition, interactions may vary across different contexts. Therefore, adults should be made aware about determining these characteristics which may be particular to each child. Adults bear a considerable responsibility to provide secure and appropriate digital activities to their children. Parents have joint roles as facilitators, teachers, and gatekeepers, and should, therefore, provide appropriate designs and content for children, rather than focusing solely on screen time duration.
Citation Formats
A. S. Konca and F. Erden, “Influencing factors of the social interaction between children and parents during digital activities at home,” Thessaloniki, Yunanistan, 2019, p. 47, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: https://hdl.handle.net/11511/75065.