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Play and Technology (National Children’s Office, 2005)

This research, commissioned by the Office of the Minister for Children examined the role of

technology in the play activities of Irish children (4-8 and 8-12), identifying technologies used in

daily play patterns and looking at the wider implications for physiological and behavioural

development, education and lifestyle. The project presented children’s perspectives on the

meanings, interpretations and value placed on technology-based play as well as documenting the

views of parents and teachers on the opportunities and dangers involved.

Final Report: O’Neill, B., Hayes, N., & Downey, S. (2005). Play and Technology: a Study Of ICTs In Play

Activities Of Irish Children (4-8 and 8-12).

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