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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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Imagining the Future

Imagining the Future

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Parenting for a Digital Future

Della Rocca

Oxford University Press

In this chapter the authors develop conclusions by revisiting families from earlier chapters to demonstrate what differences their conceptions of the future made to their parenting in the here and now. It is observed that the genres of practice—embrace, balance, resist—illuminate the generational stories that parents tell, looking back to their childhoods and forward to particular visions of an often-digital future. Whether parents embrace, balance, or resist technology, it is through these practices, and the values that parents invest in them, that parents shape their family’s present and their children’s future. Given that families’ lives are, further, characterized by risk and inequality, the results vary considerably as future uncertainties compound parental anxieties. Not only may parents’ fascination with or resistance to the digital turn out to be misplaced, but digital technologies add further complexities and compound parents’ uncertainties. Having listened to parents and sought to recognize their concerns, the authors end with recommendations for action for the organizations tasked with addressing and improving families’ lives and their futures, digital or otherwise.

Keywords:   digital parenting practices, imagining the future, individualized risk burden, social mobility, parent voice, recommendations

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