The Japanese Journal of Clinical Educational Psychology
Online ISSN : 2436-6129
Print ISSN : 0910-8955
Effect of Information Media Education on Young Children: How and When Young Children Gain Awareness?
Keiko KATSUMITakahiro TAMURAYuichi FUJIMURA
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2022 Volume 38 Issue 2 Pages 61-75

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This study focuses on early childhood, when children begin to use information media including information and communications technologies (ICTs). The goal was to ascertain if young children are able to understand what information media is and if so, to determine at what age this understanding develops. Two hundred twenty-eight children 3 to 5 years old were selected and divided into two groups; one was given a lesson on this topic in advance by their childcare teachers, while the other did not receive a lesson. Findings indicated that information media awareness can be cultivated in these age groups if lessons are provided on this topic. Particularly, 4 and 5 year old children showed significant understanding. The information media identification test conducted with the same subjects in a follow-up study one month later showed that the efficacy of the education had been retained among the 4 and 5 year old children.

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