Surveying Preschoolers’ Computer Use Capabilities


  • Michael Vitoulis Lecturer in Department of Early Childhood Care and Education, Alexander Technological Education Institute of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece


Early Childhood Education, Computer ICT, Preschool, Toddler, Children’s Computer Skills, Appropriate Age of Computer Using, New Technologies.


This study detected computer skills that children have developed spontaneously in their everyday lives and those that have already possessed during their studies at the early childhood education centers. The survey involved 453 children, aged 3 to 5, attending 24 different early childhood education structures. A 25-point computer skill observation form, supported by a corresponding rubric, was used to describe the computer capabilities of preschool children. According to the results of the study, as children registered for early childhood education settings, they brought with them their pre-existing computer skills. These skills could potentially hold a key role in designing future educational programs. The age of children seemed to affect these skills up to the age of 4. Implications of findings, concerning computer skills of preschool children, are discussed.


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How to Cite

Vitoulis, M. (2017). Surveying Preschoolers’ Computer Use Capabilities. International Journal of Computer (IJC), 26(1), 161–174. Retrieved from