Development of infants’ media habits in the age of digital parenting: A longitudinal study of Jonathan, from the age of 6 to 27 months

Yehuda Barlev, Nelly Elias, Sharona T. Levy

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Abstract

The introduction of the iPhone in 2007 marked the birth of the digitods – a new generation
of children born with ready access to the digital devices. Little is known, however, about
the development of infants’ and toddlers’ digital habits and how the parents and the family
environment in general affect this process. The present study makes an initial attempt to
fill this gap by using a combination of ethnographic methods in the case study of one child
(Jonathan) from 6 to 27 months of age. During the fieldwork, we sought to examine how
Jonathan’s media uses are shaped and changed over a two-year period and to identify the
different family and parent-related factors determining this process. The study’s findings
support the claim that use of digital media has become a normative behaviour among very
young children and emphasize how deeply it is integrated into the daily parenting practices
Original languageEnglish GB
Title of host publicationDigital Parenting
Subtitle of host publicationThe Challenges for Families in the Digital Age
EditorsGiovanna Mascheroni, Cristina Ponte, Ana Jorge
Place of PublicationGöteborg
PublisherNordicom
Pages103-112
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)978-91-88855-00-8
StatePublished - 2018

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