This project aims to identify the practices enacted and shared amongst young children, their families and educators in digital society. The project is significant because, in digital society, families and educators face new demands to ensure technologies are used in the best interests of young children. Knowledge about practices in digital society informs adult decision-making using technologies with, by and for young children in the early years. The outcome is a new online tool for sharing exemplar practices benefiting Australian children, their families and educators with new resources, materials and programs in areas including digital media production, cyber-safety education, digital play and digital parenting.
2020 – 2023
This project aims to identify the practices enacted and shared amongst children, families and educators in digital society to create an online tool for empirically informed service provision about digital technology use ‘with, by and for’ young children.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Federal Police
The Alannah and Madeline Foundation
Early Childhood Australia Inc
Raising Children Network (Australia) Limited
We Belong Family Day Care
Playgroup Western Australia
Lady Gowrie Tasmania
C and K, The Creche & Kindergarten Association Limited.
Professor Lydia Plowman (University of Edinburgh)
Professor Andrew Feenberg (Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Technology, Simon Fraser University)
Professor Susan Danby (QUT; ARC College of Experts, 2015-2018)
Associate Professor Amanda Third (UWS; Expert Advisor Global Kids Online)
Dr Anthea Rhodes (Director Australian Child Health Poll, Royal Children’s Hospital)
Dr Michael Robb (Research Director, Common Sense Media USA)
Edwards, S., Nuttall., J., Grieshaber, S., & Wood, E. (2019). New Play: a pedagogical movement for early childhood education. Chapter in D. Whitebread and D. Pino-Pasternak (Eds.), The Sage Handbook of Developmental Psychology and Early Childhood Education. London: SAGE.
Edwards, S., Straker, L., Oakey, H (2019). Early Childhood Australia. Statement on Young Children and Digital Technologies. ECA: Canberra, Australia.
Edwards, S., Nolan, A., Henderson, M., Mantilla, A., Plowman, L., & Skouteris, H. (2018). Young children’s everyday concepts about the internet: implications for cyber-safety education in the early years. British Journal of Educational Technology, 49(1), 45-55
Edwards, S., Henderson, M., Gronn, D., Scott, A. (2017). Digital disconnect or digital difference? A socio-ecological perspective on young children’s technology use in the home and the early childhood centre. Technology, Pedagogy and Education, 26(1), 1-17.
Edwards, S., Mantilla, A., Grieshaber, S., Nuttall, J., & Wood, E. (2020). Converged play characteristics for early childhood education: multi-modal, global-local, and traditional-digital. Oxford Review of Education, 1-24.
Edwards, S. (2019). Digital play. In C. Donohue (Ed.), Exploring Key Issues in Early Childhood and Technology: Evolving Perspectives and Innovative Approaches, (pp. 55-62). New York: Routledge.
Edwards, S., Nuttall., J., Grieshaber, S., & Wood, E. (2019). New Play: a pedagogical movement for early childhood education. In D. Whitebread and D. Pino-Pasternak (Eds.), The Sage Handbook of Developmental Psychology and Early Childhood Education. (pp. 272-285). London: SAGE.
Edwards S. Digital Play. In: Tremblay RE, Boivin M, Peters RDeV, eds. Pyle A, topic ed. Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development [online]. http://www.child-encyclopedia.com/play-based-learning/according-experts/digital-play. Published February 2018. Accessed February 6, 2018.
Mantilla, A., & Edwards, S. (2019). Young children and digital technology: a systematic review of the literature. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood.Online First: https://doi.org/10.1177/1836939119832744
Straker, L., Zabatiero, J., Danby, S., Thorpe, K., & Edwards, S. (2018). Conflicting guidelines on young children's screen time and use of digital technology create policy and practice dilemmas. The Journal of pediatrics, 202, 300-303.
Straker, L., Mantilla, A., Edwards, S., and Danby, S. (2018). Young children and digital technology: Australian early childhood education and care sector adults' perspectives. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 43(2), 14-22.
Wood, E., Nuttall, J., Edwards, S., & Grieshaber, S. (2020). Young children’s digital play in early childhood settings: Curriculum, pedagogy and teachers' knowledge. In O. Erstad and S. Pereira (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Digital Literacies in Early Childhood, (pp.214-226). London: Routledge.
Article with National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC):
Professor Susan Edwards
Professor Leon Straker (Curtin)
Professor Andrea Nolan (Deakin)
Professor Michael Henderson (Monash)
Professor Sue Grieshaber (Monash)
Dr Andi Salamon (Charles Sturt University)
Professor Helen Skouteris (Monash)
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