Young children's everyday concepts of the internet: a platform for cyber-safety education in the early years

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Edwards, Susan, Nolan, Andrea, Henderson, Michael, Mantilla, Ana, Plowman, Lydia and Skouteris, Helen. (2018) Young children's everyday concepts of the internet: a platform for cyber-safety education in the early years. British Journal of Educational Technology. 49(1), pp. 45 - 55. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjet.12529
AuthorsEdwards, Susan, Nolan, Andrea, Henderson, Michael, Mantilla, Ana, Plowman, Lydia and Skouteris, Helen
Abstract

Young children from around the world are accessing the internet in ever increasing numbers. The rapid increase in internet activity by children aged 4–5 years in particular is due to the ease access enabled them by touchscreen internet‐enabled tablet technologies. With young children now online, often independently of adult supervision, the need for early childhood cyber‐safety education is becoming urgent. In this paper, we report the early findings from a project aimed at examining the development of cyber‐safety education for young children. We argue that cyber‐safety education for young children cannot be effectively developed without first considering young children's thinking about the internet. In this paper, we use Vygotsky's ideas about the development of mature concepts from the merging of everyday and scientific concepts. We identify the potential range of everyday concepts likely to form the basis of young children's thinking about the internet as a platform for cyber‐safety education in the early years.

Year2018
JournalBritish Journal of Educational Technology
Journal citation49 (1), pp. 45 - 55
PublisherWiley-Blackwell
ISSN0007-1013
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/bjet.12529
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85040323276
Page range45 - 55
Research GroupInstitute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education (ILSTE)
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
EditorsS. Hennessy, C. Girvan and M. Mavrikis, S. Pric and N. Winters
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Identifying the factors that influence computer use in the early childhood classroom
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Constructivism does not only happen in the individual: sociocultural theory and early childhood education
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Talking about a revolution. Paradigmatic change in early childhood education: from developmental to sociocultural theory and beyond
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The reasoning behind the scene: Why do early childhood educators use computers in their classrooms?
Edwards, Susan. (2005) The reasoning behind the scene: Why do early childhood educators use computers in their classrooms? Australasian Journal of Early Childhood. 30(4), pp. 25 - 33.
Getting beyond the 'what' and the 'how' problematising pedagogy in early childhood education
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Why I hated socio-cultural theory: confessions of a reformed cognitive-developmentalist
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