Playing with a digital swing

Helle Marie Skovbjerg

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Based on a field study in a kindergarten among children in Denmark, this paper explores playing activities on a digital swing, the SON-X Octavia (SON-X) and its Applause application. SON-X is an interactive sound unit that can be attached to any swing chain. Here, I explore the relationship between SON-X, playing activities and risky play, aiming to investigate whether and how SON-X offers children possibilities that encourage them to explore risky play practices. The exploration and analysis employs Bateson´s concept of “framing” in addition to play practices understood trough Schmidt in order to highlight the features of swing play that children develop using the SON-X technology in terms of the danger-safety continuum. The feedback provided, it is found, enables children to independently manage risk and security within the limits of their playing activities; the digital swing supports play activity by enabling the extension of play practices, increasing competence and even reducing danger while increasing risk taking.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDigitising Early Childhood Conference: Refereed Proceedings 2017.
Publication date1 Dec 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017
EventDigitizing Early Childhood - Australien, Perth, Australia
Duration: 11 Sep 201716 Sep 2017


ConferenceDigitizing Early Childhood
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