• Early Childhood Ireland – Survey on children’s use of Technology at home and in childcare settings.

    Posted on March 23, 2015 by in News Updates


    At Early Childhood Ireland we are carrying out a small research project on children’s use of technology in their homes and in early childhood care and education (ECCE) settings. As part hereof we have asked our members to fill in a survey on the use of technology within their settings as well as to ask their parents to fill in a separate survey on pre-school children’s technology use in the home. The research will help us in developing our thinking and stance on the use of technology in ECCE settings, which in turn will guide the support we provide to our members.

    We would appreciate if you could forward on the surveys to any relevant groups and/or services used by parents with young children that may not be targeted through our members.

    The 2 surveys are as follows:

    1. What is involved for parents?
    An important aspect are parents’ views and opinions. We are therefore inviting parents, carers and relatives such as grandparents who look after children, aged 0-6 years, on a regular basis to participate in this survey. Parents who have more than one child in this age category will be asked to answer the questionnaire for only one of their children, preferably a child who has not yet started primary school.

    You will be asked to fill in a detailed questionnaire about the availability of technology in your home, your views on various technology activities and your child’s use of this technology. The questionnaire will take around 15 minutes to fill out and your answers will make an important contribution to a little understood aspect of Irish children’s technology use.

    complete the survey on children’s technology use

    2. What is involved for ECCE staff?
    We are also interested in understanding the trends of children’s use of technology in early childhood care and education (ECCE) settings. In particular, we are interested in whether and how ECCE settings use ICT and media for educational purposes as well as for entertainment and communication purposes. With schools increasingly using ICT as part of their teaching but with research showing that Ireland is lacking behind its European neighbours in developing critical media literacy it is important to understand how ICT and media are used in different educational settings, including early childhood education.

    We hope that you will help us to better understand young children’s and ECCE settings’ use of technology by filling out our 10-minute survey on your settings’ engagement with technology.

    Complete the survey on children’s technology use

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