An Ecological Exploration of the Internet of Toys in Early Childhood Everyday Life

  • Lorna ArnottEmail author
  • Ioanna Palaiologou
  • Colette Gray
Part of the Studies in Childhood and Youth book series (SCY)


This chapter explores children’s use of Internet-connected toys in everyday life. Informed by a socio-ecological model, we consider children’s and practitioners’ agency in their use of IoToys. Our finding suggests that digital childhoods are messy, multifaceted, multi-modal and ultimately complex, and as such the digital lives of young children cannot be compartmentalised across various bounded systems. As our data show, IoToys create a synergy between digital and non-digital spaces. Similarly, children’s interactions with IoToys and with other children around IoToys are inseparably linked across the individual, the interpersonal and the community (Rogoff in Pedagogy and practice: Culture and identities, pp. 58–74, 2008) in digital and non-digital spaces.


Early childhood IoToys Social ecology Empowerment Digital play 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lorna Arnott
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ioanna Palaiologou
    • 2
  • Colette Gray
    • 3
  1. 1.University of StrathclydeGlasgowScotland, UK
  2. 2.University College London, Institute of EducationLondonUK
  3. 3.Stranmillis University College, Queen’s University BelfastBelfastNorthern Ireland, UK

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