Online responses towards the impact of hand held devices on children's social and emotional development

Gretchen Geng, Leigh Disney

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This paper used responses from an online discussion forum to investigate people's opinions towards the use of hand held devices for young children and their impact on children's social and emotional development. Critical discourse analysis (CDA) was used as analysis methods in three-dimension framework via micro, meso and macro multi-level interpretations. Although online response showed different opinions towards the impact of hand held devices, all the 125 online responses agreed that young children should not overuse the devices, and they should have both technology time as well as non-technology time to meet development needs. Educators and parents, who are interested in the areas of whether or not young children should be exposed to and use hand held devices, will find this paper useful.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication25th International Conference on Computers in Education
Subtitle of host publicationTechnology and Innovation: Computer-based Educational Systems for the 21st Century: Main Conference Proceedings
EditorsWenli Chen, Jie-Chi Yang, Ahmad Fauzi Mohd Ayub, Su Luan Wong, Antonija Mitrovic
Place of PublicationTaoyuan City Taiwan
PublisherAsia-Pacific Society for Computers in Education
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9789869401265
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Computers in Education 2017 - Rydges Latimer Hotel, Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 4 Dec 20178 Dec 2017
Conference number: 25th


ConferenceInternational Conference on Computers in Education 2017
Abbreviated titleICCE 2017
Country/TerritoryNew Zealand
Internet address


  • Digital technology
  • Emotional development
  • Hand held devices
  • Online responses
  • Social
  • Young children

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