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    Is there a ‘family factor’ in mediation? A Jamaican perspective

Is there a ‘family factor’ in mediation? A Jamaican perspective

How do different family types influence the parent’s role in a child or teen’s life online? Anthea Edalere-Henderson looks to Jamaican family relations to understand online engagement. Anthea works at CARIMAC, The University of the West Indies, Mona where she is interested in the development of a critical Caribbean scholarship for understanding 21st century information technologies. Her research is […]

Researching childhood in a digital age: New book chapter

 

In the new edition of one of the key methods texts in childhood research – Research with children: Perspectives and practices, edited by Pia Christensen and Allison James – Sonia Livingstone and Alicia Blum-Ross argue that paying attention to the digital reveals a lot about children’s identities and relationships. The previous 2008 edition barely mentioned mobile phones, social networking, […]

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    Bringing social media into the curriculum: New ways of teaching and learning?

Bringing social media into the curriculum: New ways of teaching and learning?

Laura Pountney reflects on new ways of teaching and learning, where social media platforms have become part of A level sociology and anthropology curricula. Laura is a teacher of anthropology and sociology at Colchester Sixth Form College, senior examiner for A level anthropology, and author of several textbooks. She has been involved with curriculum development, teacher training and projects such as […]

A digital Christmas?

As we approach Christmas, many parents will be buying new digital products of one kind or another for their children. Sonia Livingstone argues that not all will, and not all can afford to. Sonia is Professor of Social Psychology at LSE’s Department of Media and Communications and has more than 25 years of experience in media research with a particular focus on […]

The peculiar joylessness of neuroparenting

Jan Macvarish interrogates the ‘new’ science of neuroparenting, and the idea that parents are the ‘architects’ of their babies’ brains and therefore of their future happiness and life chances. She argues that this assumption has a persistent cultural and political power, and explores the role of expert advice and parental instincts. Jan is a researcher and lecturer with the Centre for Parenting Culture Studies, […]

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    Opportunity for all? Digital equity in the lives of lower-income U.S. families

Opportunity for all? Digital equity in the lives of lower-income U.S. families

Vikki Katz shares key insights into how lower-income families in the U.S. with children in school are meaningfully connected to the internet. She argues that this is especially important to ensuring equal access to learning opportunities. Vikki is an Associate Professor at Rutgers University’s School of Communication and Information, and Senior Research Scientist at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at […]

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    Parenting a moving target: Understanding how young people’s lives are changing

Parenting a moving target: Understanding how young people’s lives are changing

How are young people’s lives changing, particularly in the digital age? Ann Hagell and John Coleman share insights from the Key Data on Adolescence report and look at changes currently impacting young people. Every two years, the Association for Young People’s Health (AYPH) publishes a compendium of publically available statistics about young people’s health, which provides a unique picture of their lives in […]

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    Mediating ethnographies: Parenting and screen media use of Arabic-speaking children in London

Mediating ethnographies: Parenting and screen media use of Arabic-speaking children in London

Tarik Sabry and Nisrine Mansour highlight findings from their ethnographic study of Arabic-speaking children in London. They investigate how these children navigate and negotiate the past and present contours of culture, family and their identity as Arabs and Londoners. Tarik is a reader in media and communication theory, and Nisrine is a researcher and documentary filmmaker, both at the Arab Media […]

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    Book review: Reclaiming conversation – The power of talk in a digital age

Book review: Reclaiming conversation – The power of talk in a digital age

Wendy M. Grossman reviews Sherry Turkle’s most recent book, Reclaiming conversation: The power of talk in a digital age. Wendy explores how human connection has changed and how families must negotiate how they allow technology to disrupt their lives. She writes about the border wars between cyberspace and real life. She is the 2013 winner of the Enigma Award and she has released a number of books, articles, […]

(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 […]