By giving voice to 15 Ukrainian refugees, aged 10-14, who sheltered in are fugee camp in Poland in March 2022, this qualitative study reveals how and why they used smartphones to cope with the challenges they faced during the first days of the Russia-Ukraine war. The results show that since the inception of the war, the children and adolescents have created new practices of smartphone use, suitable for their new needs and concerns.They extensively used their smartphones for three overarching purposes:emotional shelter; preservation of contacts with their peers; and maintaining a sense of continuity in their lives that have been shattered by the war. The study reveals the important role of digital media in coping strategies of children and adolescents who are victims of war and forced displacement.
|Translated title of the contribution||“Always in my hands...”: The use of smartphones by Ukrainian refugee children|
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||מפגש לעבודה חינוכית-סוציאלית|
|State||Published - 2022|