16 Oct, 2015

Exploring play and creativity in pre-schoolers’ use of apps

This research is a collaboration between academics at the Universities of Sheffield and Edinburgh, the BBC (CBeebies), Monteney Primary School and two children’s media companies. It examined preschool children’s use of apps on tablets, to identify how far apps for preschool children promote play and creativity. The research found that a third of pre- school children in the UK have their own tablet that they use for an average of one hour and 19 minutes every weekday, often on their own without a parent or guardian. In children aged between three and five, 37% have their own tablet, and are most likely to use them from 4-6pm during the week.