A conceptual approach to encourage quality child-adult-technology interaction: Exploring the receptivity of Guam parents to the Storying With Technology approach
Acknowledging the current issues with the digital divide, in regards to society's disparate technology access, use, knowledge, and skills, the purpose of this study was to investigate the potential with Storying With Technology to reduce the intergenerational digital divide between children, the digital natives, and parents, the digital immigrants. The purpose was also to explore the potentials with Storying With Technology as enriching child-adult-technology activity. Storying With Technology was a novel approach that encouraged interactivity of parents and children with the use of accessible technology tools for the purpose of connection and meaning-making.
A mixed methods exploratory study of Guam parents' of young children, ages three to eight years old, was conducted to investigate their receptivity to Storying With Technology. The three phases of research included: (a) an online questionnaire on parents' technology ownership, use, skills, and the adapted Parents' Attitudes Toward Computers scale; (b) parent workshops, introducing the Storying With Technology approach, and questionnaire on parents' receptivity of the approach; and (c) a focus group discussion and questionnaire on more in-depth feedback on Storying With Technology. Data included the online questionnaire, parent workshop questionnaire, focus group transcription and questionnaire, and research journal.
Findings of this study suggested the tendencies of Guam parents' attitudes toward technology and computers and toward their receptivity to Storying With Technology. Findings also reported a definite effect of their attitudes and receptivity on the child-adult-technology interaction within the Storying With Technology activity. A relational power dynamic was found among the key players—the child, the parent, and the technology. Implications and recommendations for practice and research were discussed. This study supported the exploration of potential avenues to deter the intergenerational digital divide and the refinement of the Storying With Technology approach for that specific purpose.