Introduction: Defining Mobile Technologies, Children and Learning
University of Maryland/ICDL Foundation, USA
I remember six years ago when my then 4-year-old child began using my mobile phone. I was amazed at how comfortable she was chatting to daddy on a phone while shopping at the grocery store. She thought nothing of using this object that had no plugs or wires to hear her father's voice. Today this same child has a younger sister who not only takes mobile phones for granted, but assumes anything can be a mobile phone. I remember when my youngest was 2-years-old. She would pick up any random object and just begin talking into it.
For my children in suburban Maryland, mobile technologies are now an integral part of their everyday ...