Children, Technology and Play - UK Survey

The UK Survey Data forms part of Children, Technology and Play (2019-2020), an 8-month co-produced study by academics from the University of Sheffield and University of Cape Town, South Africa, the LEGO Foundation and Dubit.

The study explored the contemporary play environments of children to identify the ways in which their play is shaped by technology, examine the relationship between digital play, learning and creativity, and explore the role of adults in mediating digital play.


As part of the UK research, an online survey was conducted by Dubit of 2,429 families with children aged 3-11 years across the UK. This dataset comprises analysis of the statistical data from the survey. The analysis was carried out using SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences) version 26. The analysis involved the creation of tables using either customised tables by direct coding (CTABLES) or by using the CROSSTABS procedure which produced the chi-squared statistics which determined any statistical significance in relation to age/gender/social class/ethnicity.


The project received ethical approval from the University of Sheffield (no. 028701).


The research tools, including the survey questions, and other datasets from the study are deposited elsewhere in ORDA and have been brought together in the Children, Technology and Play collection.