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The Parent App: Understanding Families in the Digital Age

Lynn Schofield Clark


How are families responding to the challenges of parenting young people in the digital age? This book draws on in-depth interviews with families from a range of socioeconomic backgrounds in order to trace the difference that social class makes in how families are making decisions about digital and mobile media use. This book finds that upper income families employ an ethic of expressive empowerment, in which parents encourage their children to use these media in relation to education and self-development and to avoid use that might distract them from goals of achievement. Lower income families ... More

Keywords: respectful connectedness, expressive empowerment, digital and mobile media, helicopter parenting, teens, preteens, parenting in the digital age, mediatization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199899616
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199899616.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lynn Schofield Clark, author
University of Denver