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    ESafety and education in the United States: what this means for parents

ESafety and education in the United States: what this means for parents

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Tijana Milosevic reflects on her research on eSafety education and asks whether school curricula are sufficiently engaging with young people, or if parents need to supplement what schools offer. Tijana is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Media and Communication at the University of Oslo, Norway. Her work focuses on cyber bullying, children […]

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    Big dreams, big numbers: Facebook, parents and children’s networking opportunities in rural Mexico

Big dreams, big numbers: Facebook, parents and children’s networking opportunities in rural Mexico

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While teens in the UK and US seem to be losing interest in Facebook, its popularity in Mexico remains unrivalled. Zorana Milićević looks at how children and parents use Facebook to ‘get on’ in life and to create meaningful relationships. Zorana is a freelance writer and researcher. She spent 12 months in rural Mexico conducting ethnographic fieldwork with children, their […]

Learning more than Minecraft – A case from Jamaica

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Can Minecraft teach digital skills? Anthea Edalere-Henderson looks at how games such as Minecraft can help educate parents about the new digital worlds of their children. Anthea teaches in the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC) at the University of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica. Her work focuses on globalized forms of media […]

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    Parenting in a world of social and technological transformation

Parenting in a world of social and technological transformation

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S. Craig Watkins argues that the home can serve as a rich and vibrant space for learning and his research looks at the role of technology in parenting. As social and economic inequality is growing in the United States, he shares some of his insights from working with  lower income families. Craig is a Professor in the Moody College of […]

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    Brazilian prospects for mediating children’s internet use?

Brazilian prospects for mediating children’s internet use?

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While barely half the population in Brazil use the internet, almost three-quarters of children aged 10–15 do. Camila Garroux, information analyst at CETIC.br (Regional Center for the Development of Information Society), explores who should be responsible for children’s internet use – schools or parents – and how. Camila’s work in Brazil is an affiliated country […]

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    Future talk: Parenting for a digital future for young people with a disability

Future talk: Parenting for a digital future for young people with a disability

Meryl Alper says the relationship between disabled children and the digital future is a complicated one. In this post, she looks at one U.S.-American family’s story and discusses how it’s characteristic of many parent’s talk of the future, digital media and its role in their disabled child’s paths and plans. She is a PhD candidate at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University […]

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    Encountering a surprising response to cyberbullying among an immigrant community

Encountering a surprising response to cyberbullying among an immigrant community

Lynn Schofield Clark draws on her ethnographic research at a U.S. high school and reflects on the role of digital media in immigrant groups, online harassment and the opportunities provided by strong communities. Lynn is Professor and Chair in the Department of Media, Film, and Journalism Studies at the University of Denver. She is also the author of “The […]