Title: Family hotels' use of ICT in entertaining children and recommendations for inclusion of wearable devices

Authors: Maja Ružić-Baf; Andrea Debeljuh; Iva Slivar

Addresses: Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of J. Dobrila in Pula, Croatia ' Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of J. Dobrila in Pula, Croatia ' Faculty of Economics and Tourism 'Dr. M. Mirković', University of Jurja Dobrila in Pula, Croatia

Abstract: Just like in other fields, the possibilities of tourism entertainment and education are shaped by the progress in information and communication technology (ICT) and ICT is, at the same time, becoming an essential component of both industries. The purpose of this paper is to influence proper child development even when they are on vacation. The paper focuses on strategic usage of ICT. The goal is to introduce an application for the wearable devices for children that would motivate them to be more physically active. As contradictory as it may seem, ICT might be in function of increasing physical activity. The paper offers a close view of the proposal of the application called 'Sunny, Happy Growing'. The application's objective is to encourage physical activity of children through games and information and communication technology applied to entertainment programs of hotels during vacations.

Keywords: information and communication technology; ICT; education; children; physical activity; tourism entertainment.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEED.2018.092196

International Journal of Education Economics and Development, 2018 Vol.9 No.2, pp.124 - 133

Received: 17 Oct 2017
Accepted: 12 Feb 2018

Published online: 24 May 2018 *

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