The role of social media in early years learning and parenting: An ethnography study in China

Xin Luo

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Abstract

This article explores the potential of social media in early years education and parenting in China. With an ethnographic approach, the author immersed in a parent group in WeChat, a premier Chinese social networking app, for an extended time. Some of the parents were also selected for interviews. With weike as an example, the paper exemplifies how social media can overcome the physical barriers to bring parents together. Apart from all the promises social media brings to education and parenting, the paper also warns of the potential of further enlarging the gap of education resources between different families.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-106
Number of pages8
JournalAn Leanbh Óg: The OMEP Ireland Journal of Early Childhood Studies
Volume11
Publication statusPublished - 20 Nov 2017

Keywords

  • Chinese parenting
  • ethnography
  • social media

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