Interactions with digital technologies of children from 3 to 6 in Kuwaiti homes,

Faser, M. Aldhafeeri, Ioanna Palaiologou

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Abstract

Although there is an increasing body of research on uses of digital technologies by families
and children, it is mainly focusing on the western perspective and, in particular, in the USA,
Europe and Australia. Conversely there is limited research at a national scale from Arabic
countries. Thus this research aimed to survey Kuwaiti families in an attempt to investigate
whether households are digitally equipped and to what extent. It also aimed to investigate
whether and to what extent children from the ages of three to five are using digital technologies
at their homes. Analysis of the findings reflect on Bourdieu’s theory of society and the social
change process to reveal that home life has embedded digital technologies and created a set
of dispositions that underpin parental and child perceptions towards them. It is concluded that
in Kuwaiti homes digital technologies has become “cultural capital” and this has implications
for other aspects of organised life such as education.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48-68
Number of pages21
JournalEducationalfutures
Volume7
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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