Digital playgrounds have become increasingly popular in recent years, and a new study has found that parents are increasingly using them in public places.
This week, researchers from the University of New South Wales examined how parents used digital toys during playtime, using the example of a young girl in Sydney, Australia, who was introduced to a digital camera and toy while playing in the park.
While the research team notes that this particular example may have been too simplistic, they believe the findings are valuable for helping parents become more engaged in their children’s daily activities.
“The use of a digital toy is an important tool for young children to explore and interact with their surroundings,” lead researcher Dr. Rachel Oakes said in a statement.
“As parents become involved in the children’s activities and the digital devices we use to interact with them, their behaviour is likely to improve and their creativity will flourish.”
The researchers used data from the Australian Survey of Children’s Activity, which surveyed 1,500 parents about their digital use.
They used the survey to determine how often the parents used a digital device and what types of toys they used to play with it.
The results showed that parents were more likely to use a digital video game, a video game console, or a mobile phone while playing.
A third of parents used toys that are meant to be played with, like a smartphone, while just under half of parents use a tablet.
There was also a significant correlation between how often children used a tablet and how many times they used a smartphone.
The study also found that more than half of children who used a touchscreen mobile phone were also playing on a computer.
There were no significant differences between how parents and their children used the different types of devices.
For instance, a smartphone is typically used to access social media, while a tablet is typically only used for games.
Parents may be choosing to use different devices for different purposes depending on what they are doing at home.
The research was published in the journal Nature Communications.