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Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)

Program

Early Childhood Education

Date of Award

5-2019

Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Dr. Alissa Lange, Chair

Committee Members

Dr. Amy Malkus, Dr. Rosemary Geiken

Abstract

This study examined 100 Arab-American families of children attending a weekly Sunday school in the Southeastern region of the US on their views about infants, toddlers or preschoolers’ touchscreen device usage patterns. Over 80 percent of the respondents have obtained at least a bachelor’s degree. Surveys were completed for 51 boys and 49 girls. Like studies on children of other ethnic groups living in the United States of America show, Arab infants, toddlers and preschoolers’ mobile touchscreen device usage patterns do not conform to the 2016 American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines which suggested no touchscreen device usage for children below 2 years and 1-hour daily usage for children between 2-5 yesrs. However, Arab-American parents hold different views on the use of mobile touchscreens with young children when compared to studies from other parents living in the United States. Also, Arab American parents are less concerned about their infant, toddlers and preschools’ children damage to touchscreen devices. Thus, further studies are required to delineate why Arab American parents’ views on touchscreen devices differ to their young children reported usage habit.

Document Type

Thesis - Campus Only

Copyright

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