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Parenting for a Digital FutureHow Hopes and Fears about Technology Shape Children's Lives$
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Sonia Livingstone and Alicia Blum-Ross

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190874698

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190874698.001.0001

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Family Life in the Digital Age

Family Life in the Digital Age

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Parenting for a Digital Future

Della Rocca

Oxford University Press

The frame of a single day is used to reveal the multiple ways in which parents move between and among the genres of digital parenting within the day. Through negotiating the now-mediated activities of getting up, homework, family time, and bedtime, parents articulate their values not only about digital technologies but also, importantly, about family life. The authors contrast public policy that, problematically, exhorts parents to police their children’s “screen time” with parents’ efforts to sustain a more democratic mode of family life that respects their and their children’s interests in digital technologies. Eschewing the myth of parents as unremittingly digitally ignorant, this chapter reveals how their own interest in and hopes for digital technologies lead them to seek new modes of parenting, surprisingly often focused on shared digital pleasures.

Keywords:   digital parenting practices, everyday life, domestic negotiation, digital pleasures, democratic families, screen time, screen time myths

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