Gender expectations

A new forum for ‘social fatherhood’

How do non-biological fathers take on their role as ‘social fathers’? What resources are available to them? In this post Clare Deane and Martin Robb report on the experience of using a forum on the DAD.info site to explore the topic of social or non-biological fatherhood. The project is part of a joint initiative between The Open University and Family […]

Understanding fatherhood in the digital age

In this blog, Gillian Ranson looks into the rise of the father blogger. Recognising their growing impact, she reflects on the role of father bloggers with advertising as they become a potential source of revenue, as well as their position as ‘parent experts’ who are professionalised as fathers. Gillian is Professor Emerita of Sociology at the University of Calgary, Canada. She is […]

Tiger Mom 2.0: (Over)parenting for a digital future?

In this Digital Age, are we setting up our children to fail? Following the ‘helicopter parenting’ concept of the 1990s Miriam Rahali looks into new pressures on parents (and children). As social media outlets allow parents to ‘overshare’, Miriam suggests that the anxiety of yesterday’s helicopter parents—who held unattainable standards for their children—have extended to the digital sphere at […]

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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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    Parenting from a distance: the case of Danish soldiers on deployment

Parenting from a distance: the case of Danish soldiers on deployment

The holiday season is a time many people spend with family and loved ones. When soldiers, and men in particular, are deployed far from their families, how do they remain connected? Maj Hedegaard Heiselberg looks at how technology and the internet support family life from a distance. Maj is a PhD student at the Danish Veteran Centre and the Department of […]

(Mediated) parenting wars: A new mum’s account

Natural birth, breastfeeding, dummies – the debates and online discussions can be vicious, keyboard warriors lashing out from the safety of their anonymity – but what’s a new mum to do? Ranjana Das, a new mum herself, finds out first hand. Ranjana is a lecturer at the University of Leicester researching media audiences, and the mediation of childbirth. [Header […]

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    New advice for ‘media moms and digital dads’: An interview with Yalda T. Uhls

New advice for ‘media moms and digital dads’: An interview with Yalda T. Uhls

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With the holidays just around the corner, Alicia Blum-Ross speaks to Yalda T. Uhls about her new book Media moms and digital dads, advice for technology and gadgets as holiday gifts, and the challenges of parenting in the digital age. Alicia is a researcher at the LSE’s Department of Media and Communications. She is interested in youth media production and is part of the Parenting for […]

December 14th, 2015|Featured, On our minds|3 Comments|

Reasons to love parenting in the digital age

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Of course parents are often the most acute observers of emerging ‘digital’ practices in their families, as we’ve noted before on this blog. But parents also discover and embrace technology for themselves. Judith Livingstone¹ recently had her first child and provides a humorous insight into her technological life, post-baby. After her maternity leave, she returned to her job as an associate at a […]

December 2nd, 2015|Featured, On our minds|2 Comments|
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    ‘The world in your hands’: smartphones and women’s connectivity in Sudan

‘The world in your hands’: smartphones and women’s connectivity in Sudan

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Griet Steel explores women’s digital connections in Sudan, where women’s physical mobility is very much restricted as a result of traditional gender norms.  Griet explores the significance of smartphones in family relationships across physical distance and discusses the associated limitations and possibilities for empowerment. Griet is a cultural anthropologist and postdoctoral fellow at KU Leuven the who works on new technologies […]

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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 […]