It is now widely recognised that the early years of a child’s life represent a unique opportunity in the life cycle for brain development. The first three years of life mark the fastest growth in brain development for humans and as such is a crucial time for social, emotional and cognitive development.
Purpose of Research:
The aim of the Connections: Parenting Infants in a Digital World project was to provide greater insight into how digital technology may influence interactions between parents and infants aged 0 – 3 years old at home.
- Gain an understanding of parents’ and infants’ use of digital technology in everyday home life and how this may impact on parent-infant interactions
- Explore parents’ awareness of infant mental health with specific reference to the ‘Five to Thrive’ approach and the parenting styles used with infants
- Identify the areas parents of infants could benefit from additional support in order to improve service delivery.
Digital Technology in the Household
Households had an average of 8.5 devices each with 97.5% having access to the internet. The socioeconomic status of the household did not restrict the range of devices at home but reduced the average number of devices in households of average or below average weekly income. Across all income categories, the most common two devices at home were televisions and tablets.
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