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Play & Technology Project (2005)

Commissioned by the 'National Children's Office', the Play & Technology Project explores the play activities of Irish children, identifying the range of technologies accessed by children and how they are used in their daily play patterns. The project presents children’s perspectives on the meanings, interpretations and value placed on technology-based play as well as documenting the views of parent and teachers on the opportunities and dangers involved. Preliminary findings are offered evaluating the extent of the penetration of technology into children’s lives and looking at the wider implications for physiological and behavioural development, education and lifestyle. The project will offer valuable comparative data which to identify the most important issues for future research and greatly complement existing research within this underdeveloped field.