Children’s Discourse Around Webkinz

Working with Dr. Anne Burke from Memorial University, we will examine children’s discourse around Webkinz (stuffed animals that come with online access codes).  Within the online Webkinz environment, there are many activities for young children to engage in and there is also a chat room where they can communicate with friends and other children around the world.  The study will include observation of children engaged in online activity, semi-structured interviews with participants and analysis of digital artefacts from the Webkinz site.