Review of Research on the Relationship Between Digital Technology Use and Child Development

Katarina Perić, Vanesa Varga, Marina Kotrla Topić, Marina Merkaš

Abstract


This review paper aims to present the results of recent
research on the relation between the use of digital
technology and children's development. The paper describes
the importance of the topic and gives a systematic overview
of empirical research on the topic of the paper. The results of
recent research show that the use of digital technology in
children is associated, albeit low to moderate, with their
physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development.
The content that is viewed, created, and listened to through
digital technology devices and the time and circumstances of
children's use of digital technology determine whether the
effects of the use of digital technology on children's development will be positive or negative. This review of current
research indicates the need to further examine the factors
that may mediate and/or moderate the relationship between
the use of digital technology and children's development,
and the need to develop a theoretical framework to integrate
current knowledge and direct future research in the field.

Keywords


digital technology; children; development; well-being

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