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    Competence or distraction: Why Indian parents view social media differently

Competence or distraction: Why Indian parents view social media differently

How do parents’ attitudes to social media use by their children change across socioeconomic classes in India? After conducting ethnographic fieldwork in Panchagrami, South India, Shriram Venkatraman discusses his findings about aspirations for social mobility, perspectives about social media, and differences between the higher and lower socioeconomic classes. Shriram has a PhD from University College London and currently with IIIT-Delhi, explores parents’ attitudes to social media use […]

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    Being connected: Migrant children’s use of mobile phones in China

Being connected: Migrant children’s use of mobile phones in China

What role do mobile phones play in the lives of migrant children in China? In this post, Pei Huang reports on her interviews with five children about their mobile practices, emphasising the need to take into account the children’s transition from rural to urban. Pei is an Associate Professor in School of Digital Media and Design Arts, at Beijing University of […]

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    Challenges of parental responsibility in the digital age: A global perspective

Challenges of parental responsibility in the digital age: A global perspective

Sunday was Human Rights Day and Sonia Livingstone and Jasmine Byrne are discussing the global digital parenting divide. Presenting data from several countries of the Global Kids Online project, this post asks how can we support parents to support children around the world? Sonia is Professor of Social Psychology at LSE’s Department of Media and Communications and has more than 25 years of experience […]

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    Children’s digital opportunities – perspectives from around the world

Children’s digital opportunities – perspectives from around the world

The “Parenting for a Digital Future” blog has tried to capture the diversity of families’ experiences with the internet around the world by including reflections on fieldwork conducted in many different countries. In this post, Sonia Livingstone, Dafna Lemish and Sun Sun Lim highlight what they learned from working with researchers from several continents to understand the emerging nature […]

November 1st, 2017|Featured, On our minds|0 Comments|

India: Digitising an unequal world

India is portrayed as being on a technological par with the West, but in this blog, Shakuntala Banaji reveals the stark reality. In the context of demonetisation, she maps Indian children’s experiences of media technologies and argues that we must recognise the disenfranchising nature of large-scale digitisation of nations. Shakuntala is an Associate Professor at London School of Economics in […]

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    BBC interview dad, and the joys and perils of parenting on the internet

BBC interview dad, and the joys and perils of parenting on the internet

Alicia Blum-Ross takes a closer look at the infamous ‘BBC interview dad,’ and the representation of parenting on the internet to explore the delicate and unique balancing act of those families who achieve unintended viral success. Alicia is a researcher at the LSE’s Department of Media and Communications. In addition to her work on the Parenting for a Digital Future research project, she is interested […]

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    Micro-microcelebrity: famous babies and business on the internet

Micro-microcelebrity: famous babies and business on the internet

Crystal Abidin explores lifestyle Influencers and babies as the new ‘micro-microcelebrity’. Crystal is an anthropologist and ethnographer who studies vernacular internet culture. She is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Sociology at the National University of Singapore, Affiliated Researcher at Media Management and Transformation Centre (MMTC) at Jönköping University, and co-investigator with the Science, Technology and Society (STS) cluster at the Asia Research Institute (ARI). […]

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    Going online in the Asia Pacific region: challenges for parents

Going online in the Asia Pacific region: challenges for parents

Giovanna Mascheroni summarises the findings from a workshop on policies and initatives for children’s safe internet use, held in September 2015, and outlines the challenges faced by parents in the Asia Pacific region. Giovanna is a Lecturer in the Department of Sociology, Università Cattolica, Milan and visiting fellow in the Department of Media and Communications at the LSE. She […]

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    Digital purdah, or how Facebook maintains traditional practices of gender segregation

Digital purdah, or how Facebook maintains traditional practices of gender segregation

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Does Facebook act to liberate or further segregate women? In this post, Emrys Schoemaker, Director and co-founder of iMedia and PhD candidate in the Department International Development at the LSE, explores how in Pakistan, women prefer to use WhatsApp rather than Facebook, to avoid young men seeing their profiles.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said that access […]

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    ‘Facebook surveillance = parental love’, and other puzzling equations of the mobile age

‘Facebook surveillance = parental love’, and other puzzling equations of the mobile age

Sun Sun Lim explores the effect of asymmetries in families created by the use of mobile devices in Asia. Sun has studied the social implications of technology domestication by young people and families in Asia for over 10 years. Her forthcoming book, Mobile communication and the family – Asian experiences in technology domestication, features chapters on Cambodia, China, India, […]