The Americas

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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    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, […]

Book review: Parenting out of control

Charlotte Faircloth discusses Margeret Nelson’s book Parenting out of control and discusses how class affects parents’ use of technology. Charlotte is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Sciences at the University of Roehampton, London, UK. She is also a Visiting Scholar and founding member of the Centre for Parenting Culture Studies (CPCS) at the University of Kent. […]

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    Digital imaginaries and networked computers at home: Working-class Latino/Hispanic immigrant parents in the US

Digital imaginaries and networked computers at home: Working-class Latino/Hispanic immigrant parents in the US

Andres Lombana Bermudez looks at how working-class Latino/Hispanic immigrant families in the US are engaging in emerging digital technology. He argues that disparities in skills, social support and in the outcomes of technology use add more layers of complexity to digital inequalities. Andres is a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society and a research associate with […]

Book review: Kids in the middle

Wendy M. Grossman takes a closer look at Vikki Katz’s work on how children of immigrants ‘broker’ for their parents, focusing on Hispanic families in Los Angeles. In particular, she explores the impact of digital technology, and how this is helping or hindering in the brokering process. Wendy writes about the border wars between cyberspace and real life. She […]

Youth and digital technology in Jamaica

There is great potential for digital media to address some of the problems faced by young people in Jamaica today, finds Paula Laurel Jackson. Paula is an independent researcher with a focus on creativity, peer-to-peer learning and digital media. As a result of her research with youth, she created a skill and knowledge-sharing platform for kids and her most recent […]

When children are families’ digital links

Vikki Katz has studied the children of immigrants as they ‘broker’ for their parents. She outlines some lessons to be learned from her research, throwing into question the apparent native/immigrant divide. 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 Sesame Workshop. Her work […]

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    Privacy and data in students’ lives: a cultural shift in the US

Privacy and data in students’ lives: a cultural shift in the US

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Is it possible to have both privacy and protection of our rights, as digital consumers? Belinha de Abreu discusses the challenges that students, parents and educators in the US are currently facing. Belinha is a media literacy educator in Connecticut. Her research interests include media literacy education, new media, visual and information literacy, and teacher […]

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    Tweens, teens, tech and some good news from Common Sense Media study

Tweens, teens, tech and some good news from Common Sense Media study

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Just in time for Media Literacy Week earlier this month, Common Sense Media has released a new study on how tweens and teens (aged 8-18) in the United States use media and connected technology. Larry Magid takes a closer look at the research and shares his insights on current trends around children’s and young people’s media use. Larry is a […]