Technology & play

Technology is now embedded in children’s lives: how does it affect the way they play, learn and develop critical skills?

Playing with digital technologies can have a range of positive effects on children’s knowledge, creativity and skills

Compelling new evidence, gathered in the UK and South Africa, shows that the benefits of play with digital technologies depend upon children’s learning environment, both in the home and outside of it.
Children’s access to technology varies greatly, and some devices, apps and games are better than others for children’s development.

Above all, the involvement of adults is vital: adults have a crucial role in supporting children’s play with digital technologies, and engaging with it. Some parents, however, continue to have a negative view of children’s play that involves digital technology: they have concerns about children spending too much time on it, as well as concerns around privacy and suitability of content.

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