Universal Journal of Educational Research Vol. 6(12), pp. 2855 - 2863
DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2018.061220
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An Investigation of the Effect of Preschool Children's Computer Game Playing on Their Development and Behavior through the Lens of Turkish Mothers


Sengul Mertol Ilgar 1,*, Cigdem Karakurt 2
1 Hasan Ali Yucel Faculty of Education, İstanbul University-Cerrahpasa, İstanbul, Turkey
2 Preschool Education, İstanbul University-Cerrahpasa, İstanbul, Turkey

ABSTRACT

The computers used in the field of education as in many other fields are used by children mostly for playing games. The present study has aimed at identifying the general attitude mothers of preschoolers hold regarding the effect of computer game playing on children's development and behaviour. The participants were volunteer mothers (n=749) whose children attend preschool in Istanbul. Data was collected via a survey developed by the researchers to assess the general attitude mothers hold regarding the effect of computer game playing on children's development and behaviour. The findings show that among the participant mothers, 93% stated that computer games cause dependency, 92.6% stated that this is reflected in the behaviour of children, 83.5% stated that children's behaviour is affected negatively, 87.9% stated that games lead children to mimic in real life what they are exposed to in the games. 11.7% of the mothers stated that games do not interfere with family gatherings, while 67.8% stated that they do not serve to help the discharge of aggressive impulses. Still 57% pointed out that games support the development of hand-eye coordination, and 71% pointed out that they foster the development of better and more frequent technology use.

KEYWORDS
Preschool Children, Computer Games, Mother Perspectives

Cite this paper
Sengul Mertol Ilgar , Cigdem Karakurt . "An Investigation of the Effect of Preschool Children's Computer Game Playing on Their Development and Behavior through the Lens of Turkish Mothers." Universal Journal of Educational Research 6.12 (2018) 2855 - 2863. doi: 10.13189/ujer.2018.061220.