Physical issues of technology use by children: phase 1


Most young children in Australia now regularly use technologies such as smart phones and tablet computers, yet there is very limited understanding of how young children are using these devices and how their bodies are responding to this use. This first phase of this project will capture what is known about the potential physical impacts of digital technology use by children, including screen (eg tablets and virtual reality headsets) and non-screen (eg robots). The findings will inform future research on how to capture technology use by young children and the possible physical effects to provide the foundation for building high quality evidence-based guidance for those responsible for children’s health, wellbeing and development. These future studies will include laboratory and field studies.

Project aims

  • to conduct a systematic or scoping review to synthesise currently available evidence for more objective methods to capture technology engagement by children

Project design

Using standard methods for a structured review to examine evidence on the potential physical impacts of various digital technology use on children, including aspects such as fine and gross motor control, muscle activity, posture and movement.

Activity plan for 2022

  • recruit PhD candidates


August 2021 – December 2022


Professor Leon Straker

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