Building a Connective Ethnography with Children Engaged in the Digital Age

On April 4th, GI member and visiting PhD candidate Bruna Oliveira presented her ongoing PhD research into exploring how children use digital technologies and how it impacts their understanding of play and building friendships. Through her research, Bruna demonstrated how children are seeking their place in contemporary digital cultures, notably through the use of mobile devices, playing a variety of games with friends and accessing social networking platforms, resulting in interconnected performances in the digital setting. She used ethnography as a method of collecting data through children’s interactions in groups online, such as chat logs and text, to build an understanding of their interactions between of children between physical and digital spaces during playtime with peers.

You can watch Bruna’s full talk on the GI’s YouTube channel.