Webinar: Early Years Education and Digital media

To protect or to encourage, and how to find the balance? This webinar focuses on media education for pre-school children. Denmark shows many interesting initiatives related to the early years of education for children between and 6 years. What kind of practices and policies should be adopted when even small children are more and more following and even becoming co-producers of online content? 

Webinar: Early Years Education and Digital Media, Lessons Learned from Denmark

September 30, 2020

10:00-10:45, CET

Speaker: Stine Liv Johansen, Associate Professor at Aarhus University and Head of the Danish Media Council for Children and Young People

Host: Maarit Jaakkola

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The objective of this webinar series is to focus on current research and ongoing projects related to media and information literacy (MIL) in different counties. The first three webinars deal with the Nordic countries. The second webinar in the series engages with Denmark where digitalization is a topical policy issue. In this webinar, we will focus on pre-school children and their digital literacies.
Webinar: Early Years Education and Digital Media, Lessons Learned from Denmark


Stine Liv Johansen, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at Center for Children’s Literature and Media, School of Communication and Culture at Aarhus University. As a researcher she has studied children’s media use for more than 20 years, and she has a specific focus on young children and their playful media practices within and outside educational settings. She is (together with Associate Professor Malene Charlotte Larsen) the author of two recent books: Børn, unge og medier (2019) and Undersøgelser af børn, unge og medier (2020) (Samfundslitteratur), and her publications cover articles and book chapters on child celebrities on YouTube, mediatized play and digital pedagogies in kindergartens. Stine Liv Johansen is the head of the Danish Media Council for Children and Young People. The Media Council is (together with Safe the Children Denmark and Center for Digital Youth Care) part of the Safer Internet Center Denmark, which provides knowledge and information on the digital lives of children and young people to parents, teachers and others.

“Parents are struggling with screen time, having bad consciousness about their children’s time spent on screen. However, screen time is not just good or bad. Parents need a more nuanced vocabulary to address ‘screen time’.”

Stine Liv Johansen

Webinar Lecture


The Big Adventure for the Youngest Ones

In the video below, development consultant Jacob Knudsen from VIFIN, a knowledge and research center at the Municipality of Vejle, talks about a development project in nurseries in the South Western Denmark in 2016. The project Children as Digital World Citizens had an objective to study the current pedagogical practices of daycare institutions with digital media and to develop suggestions for the future use of digital media in Danish day care institutions focusing on digital education and the position of children as digital actors in a global world. That is, how are they dressed to become digital world citizens? Please note that for translations from Danish to English you have to turn on the English subtitles on YouTube when watching this video.

Hopspots for Learning to Code – Interactive Technology in the Pre-school

In this video, Stine Liv Johansen, Associate Professor at Aarhus University, interviews Aviaja Borup Lynggaard from the Danish start-up Child Experience Design on experiments from taking digital technologies into the physical space. Child Experience Design has designed a product for pre-school children called Hopspots, interactive tiles that play sounds from the iPad, register touch and light up in a broad range of colors. You can turn on the English subtitles when watching the video on YouTube.

Rhyming games

In the video below, Stine Liv Johansen interviews Ella Nielsen from Brovst Kindergarten and Nursery about pre-school children’s media literacy.

In this video you can see children playing rhyming games with their pre-school teacher Ella Nielsen:

Further readings


  • Stine Liv Johansen’s webinar slides
  • A featured article by Stine Liv Johansen at NordMedia Network: Public Debates and Parenting Paradoxes: Studying Digital Technologies in Early Years Education, September 28, 2020
  • Centre for Children’s Literature and Media at Aarhus University
  • Master’s degree programme in children’s literature and media at Aarhus University
  • The Danish report (by Stine Liv Johansen and Malene Charlotte Larsen) in Young Children (0-8) and Digital Technology – A qualitative study across Europe, Joint Research Centre, European Commission
  • The report Hven sidder dér bag skærmen… og hvem hjælper? (Who is sitting behind the screen –and who helps? A national study of digital media in Danish kindergartens and nurseries) by Jan Ole Størup, Ditte Winther-Lindqvist and Andreas Lieberoth (2020)
  • The Danish Film Institute’s (Det Danske Filminstitut) Filmcentralen for de yngste
  • Sammen om digital dannelse: Børne- og Undervisningsministeriet
  • Digital Dannelse i Børnehøjde (2019): To rapporter om 5-åriges liv med medier i og uden for institutionen. Medierådet for Børn og Unge & Børns Vilkår
  • Materials

    Recent academic research

    Johansen, S.L. (2007). Toddlers Watching TV: A study on the role of electronic media in the everyday-lives of one to three year old children. MedienPädagogik: Zeitschrift für Theorie und Praxis der Medienbildung 13 (Kinderfernsehen), 1–14.

    Johansen, S.L. & Larsen, M.C. (2019). Børn, unge og medier. Samfundslitteratur.

    Johansen, S. L. & Larsen, M.C. (2020). Undersøgelser af børn, unge og medier. Samfundslitteratur.

    Lundtofte, T.E. & Johansen, S.L. (2019) Video methods: Researching sociomaterial points-of-view in children’s play practices with IoToys. In: Mascheroni G. & Holloway D. (eds.) The Internet of toys: Studies in childhood and youth. Palgrave Macmillan, 241–263.


    Special thanks for the preparations of this webinar to Aviaja Borup Lynggaard (Child Experience Design), Ella Nielsen (Brovst Municipality), Sally Reynolds (Media & Learning Association), and Jonatan Rolfer, Lianna Halsénius and Martina Wagner (Swedish Media Council).

    Photos: Scandinav