Measurement of technology use by children and their posture and movement: phase 1


This first phase of this project will capture what is known about the current methods to measure digital technology use by children and their posture and movement during device use. Current guidelines mainly rely on parental report, which is burdensome for participants and of questionable accuracy. The project will synthesise what is known about the methods used, including proxy report, direction observation, interaction data and wearable sensors and will inform future research on how to capture technology use by young children to guide future research studies, including laboratory and field studies.

Project aims

  • 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 of the feasibility and utility of various non proxy report methods.


August 2021 – December 2022


Professor Leon Straker

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