Through the Eyes of Early Childhood Students:
Television, Tablet Computers, Internet and Smartphones
Halit Buluthan Çetintaş,
Ataturk University in Erzurum, Turkey
ABSTRACT: Th e features, functions, and usage of media and media environment which have an important role in the lives of today’s children are increasing day by day. Th is study aims to evaluate media environments and the children’s experience from their points of view. Th e study followed the qualitative design and the participants of the study consisted of 34 preschool students. Children were asked questions to learn their opinions about television, tablet computers, the internet, and smartphones. Th e results revealed that children had knowledge about the media environment and they used it intensively. However, they were not aware of the possible dangers of the media contents
substantially. It was understood that children did not get any knowledge or education about media usage and most of the children encountered negative content. Th e results suggest a need for training in media literacy for children.