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Rationale, design and methods protocol for participatory design of an online tool to support industry service provision regarding digital technology use ‘with, by and for’ young children

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posted on 2021-01-21, 05:16 authored by S Edwards, A Nolan, M Henderson, Susan GrieshaberSusan Grieshaber, K Highfield, A Salamon, H Skouteris, L Straker
© 2020 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. Adults who educate and care for young children are exposed to mixed-messages about what is in the best interests of young children in digital society. Such mixed-messaging makes adult decision-making about technology use in the best interests of young children hard to achieve. This project addresses this problem by working with leading organisations providing services related to quality digital media production, online-safety education, digital play and digital parenting. Using a Participatory Design approach, families, educators, industry partners and researchers will conduct mixed-methods investigations concerning: Relationships; Health and Well-being; Citizenship; and Play and Pedagogy to identify practices concerning technology use ‘with, by and for’ young children. Iterative design cycles will develop an Online Tool to support organisations providing services to young children and the adults responsible for their education and care. As society becomes more digital families and educators need new knowledge about what people do in digital society to inform their decision-making. This project will support organisations to use an empirically informed approach to service provision regarding using technologies in the best interests of young children.


The study is funded by the Australian Research Council Linkage scheme (Grant no. LP190100387), along with cash and in-kind contributions from the industry partners. The ARC had no role in the design of the study nor will it have any role during its execution, analyses, interpretation of the data, or decision on when or where to submit results. The industry partners will be involved in the design and redesign cycles of the project, and in the development and testing of the online tool.


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International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health





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