Elementary Students’ Digital Life

Conference: The European Conference on Education (ECE2022)
Title: Elementary Students’ Digital Life
Stream: Primary & Secondary Education
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
Sharon Hardof-jaffe, Levinsky College of Education, Israel
Meital Amzalag, Holon Institute of Technology, Israel


Digital technologies are a central part of our lives. Studies explore their impact on children and youth in leisure and learning activities (Lange et al., 2021; Tan, 2021).
Today, educators need to understand how students use various digital means in their daily lives so that they may effectively implement the digital into their classes (Squire, 2022). This study reveals our children's digital life from their point of view. The study included 238 students from two Arab elementary schools in Israel. The survey was based on self-reports and consists of four parts: Digital activities: leisure time activities (hobbies, social networks, gaming types), search activities (information types and platforms), and digital application use (calendar, notes); Digital skills (requisite digital platform skills such as evaluation and creativity); Social and emotional aspects of digital use (conducting digital activities alone and with friends, feelings, and emotions during digital use such as happiness, bullying); Digital activities in schools (use of digital platforms and attitudes towards digital integration in school). An academic ethics board approved the study. The main findings reveal that most participants perform a wide range of activities: acquiring and creating content on social networks, watching and creating videos, playing many types of digital games, and interacting with friends on various digital platforms. The study provides a broad view of various digital technologies among the participants and the differences between them.

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