Digital Literacy Practices of Young Children in Informal Learning Spaces

  • Sirje VirkusEmail author
  • Damiana Koutsomiha
  • Emmanouel Garoufallou
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 810)


This paper reviews research on digital literacy practices of young children (0–8 years) in out-of-school settings or in informal learning spaces/settings. The purpose of this review is to identify the literature and topics that have arisen from non-school-based or informal space research and to highlight main directions and dimensions. The major research question is: What is the role of informal learning spaces in shaping children’s digital literacy practices? This research attempts to bridge the gap that exists between children’s uses of digital technology at home and in other informal settings and contributes and highlights the need for studying learning more holistically.


Digital literacy Informal learning Informal learning spaces Informal learning settings Out-of-school literacy practices Learning theory Literacy theory Young children Libraries Museums Social media Games 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sirje Virkus
    • 1
    Email author
  • Damiana Koutsomiha
    • 2
  • Emmanouel Garoufallou
    • 3
  1. 1.Tallinn UniversityTallinnEstonia
  2. 2.American Farm SchoolThessalonikiGreece
  3. 3.Alexander Technological Educational Institute (ATEI) of ThessalonikiThessalonikiGreece

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