Edwards, S. E, Nolan, A., Henderson, M., Skouteris, H., Mantilla, A., Lambert, P. & Bird, J. (2016). Developing a measure to understand children's internet cognition and cyber-safety awareness. The Early Years,36(3), 322-335. United Kingdom: Routledge. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1080/09575146.2016.1193723
Advancements in technology have increased preschool children’s access to the Internet. Very little research has been conducted to identify pre-school-aged children’s understandings of the Internet and ramifications of being ‘online’. Without an understanding of children’s thinking about the Internet, it is difficult to provide age- and pedagogically appropriate cyber-safety education. This study developed and pilot-tested an interview schedule that focuses on the Internet thinking and cyber-safety awareness of Australian children aged 4–5 years. The schedule is informed by sociocultural theory, cyber-safety education research and approaches for researching with young children. The schedule shows potential to elicit children’s understandings of the Internet and cyber-safety awareness. Adjustments are required to allow more contextualised responses from children.
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