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134: Rules of Engagement: Family Rules on Young Children’s Access to and Use of Technologies

Stephane Chaudron (European Commission) and colleagues (February, 2019)

A summary of the results of a project examining young children’s access to and use of digital technologies, as well as how parents mediated this use. The project involved seven countries: Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Italy, Russia and the United Kingdom. In each country, interviews and observations were undertaken with ten families in their homes, each with a child aged between 6 and 7. Families had at least one child who used a digital technology at least once a week. Each national sample was constituted to provide variety in the use of digital technology and family structures. Data were analysed using a thematic approach based on grounded theory in that an inductive approach was employed.