Children and Mobile Media

Marvin Flambert


As part of my research method I have composed an interview in which I imposed seven questions regarding children and mobile media upon two parents who have a young child or children. These questions inquire about the parents perspective on positive, negative, and educational aspects of children's interactions with mobile media.

Parent One.

How old is your child?
He is one.

What do you think of young children and their potential use of mobile media (cellphones, tablets, laptops etc.) ?
I believe children will become rather dependent upon easy access to unlimited options. For example GPS location, access to the world wide web. Digitization will make certain modern technologies obsolete. Creating dependency on tech for basic needs and functions.

What may be positive aspects of children engaging in mobile media?
Unlimited access to knowledge at their fingertips. May cause children to become ahead of their time, which can itself have pros or cons.

What may be negative? " "
They may become more advanced in tech but become distracted and led astray as a result of immaturity and inexperience.

At what age would you allow your child to utilize any of the mobile devices listed in question 2?
12-14. Being that these are not neccessities adolescence is the best time for these devices because at this age children are beginning to change physically and mentally and can begin to fully appreciate and retain what these technologies have to offer.

What are your thoughts in regards to children using mobile media as an educational method or tool?
I feel they would be very helpful. Using mobile devices with access to the internet helped me dramatically in my time at college. Its a great tool for any student. But only if its strictly geared toward educational purposes.

Has your child ever interacted with any form of mobile media? If so for how long and how often?
My son so young so the only time he's ever interacted with a mobile device is when he was attempting to speak to his father over the phone. Every now and then I allow him to do this so its not to often but as he grows I know his interactions will most likely increase exponentially in this day and age.

Parent Two

How old is your Child?
Four

What do you think of young children and their potential use of mobile media (cellphones, tablets, laptops etc.) ?
Young children should be able to use mobile devices under the supervision of an adult.

What may be positive aspects of children engaging in mobile media?
They would be an easy means of gaining knowledge and information in an academic setting as well as aid children with disabilities.

What may be negative? " "
Negative possibilities are some those that can emerge from social networking. Kids organizing flash mobs and violent gatherings rapidly through social media is not the proper use intended for these technologies.

At what age would you allow your child to utilize any of the mobile devices listed in question 2?
I will allow my child to use a mobile device at age 8 or 9 under my supervision for recreation.

What are your thoughts in regards to children using mobile media as an educational method or tool?
I feel this is most definitely an effective way to capture the interest and attention of young children especially since it calms them in grasping their intellectual and recreational minds at a critical time when their mind is like a blank page thirsting for content.

Has your child ever interacted with any form of mobile media? If so for how long and how often?
He does use a mobile device in school to help him with his ADHD under supervision and aid of his teachers.

Based on the answers given by both participants its safe to say the values demonstrated by these parents consist of education, adult supervision or involvement, appropriate and strict focus. These concerns would most likely mirror that of most parents of all walks of life. Even with only two participants a trend in the values of these devices purposes and uses for children seems imminent among parents.GreenZoner egypt