Parenting for a Digital Future

Parenting for a Digital Future : How Hopes and Fears about Technology Shape Children's Lives

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In the decades it takes to bring up a child, parents face challenges that are both helped and hindered by the fact that they are living through a period of unprecedented digital innovation. In Parenting for a Digital Future, Sonia Livingstone and Alicia Blum-Ross draw on extensive and diverse qualitative and quantitative research with a range of parents in the UK to reveal how digital technologies characterize parenting in late modernity, as parents
determine how to forge new territory with little precedent or support. They chart how parents often enact authority and values through digital technologies since "screen time," games, and social media have become both ways of being together and of setting boundaries. Parenting for a Digital Future moves beyond the
panicky headlines to offer a deeply researched exploration of what it means to parent in a period of significant social and technological change.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 154 x 234 x 18mm | 386g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0190874708
  • 9780190874704
  • 596,504

Table of contents

Chapter 1 - Expectations
Chapter 2 - Family life in the digital age
Chapter 3 - Social inequality
Chapter 4 - Geek identities in the digital family
Chapter 5 - (Dis)abilities
Chapter 6 - Parents and digital learning
Chapter 7 - Imagining the future
Appendix - Research methods
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It is education professionals who are more likely to know more than average about this topic. We would definitely like to see the book in their hands, but also in the hands of other trusted professionals parents go to for advice (paediatricians, social workers, NGO workers). It is an essential read for all advocates of child rights who want to have an impact on legislation and methodology tackling all implications of digital technology and digital realities. Bearing
in mind that parents are the most impactful educators of their children, this book is a must-read for those who wish to empower the primary educators for a bright future of our children - that nearly certainly will be digital. * Parents International * The best book yet written on the dilemmas of parenting in the digital age, a period of constant innovation and change for adults and children alike. Based on in-depth studies of family life, and giving close attention to inequality and deprivation, this work is an indispensable source both for academics and the lay reader." -Anthony Giddens, House of Lords and King's College, Cambridge Parenting for a Digital Future offers readers a rich and deeply nuanced picture of how children's digital technology use reflects the concerns and hopes parents have for bringing up balanced and successful children. This book is a must read for anyone who cares about children and families, including scholars, policy makers, advocates, educators and, most importantly, parents themselves." -Amy Jordan, Professor, School of Communication and
Information, Rutgers University In this rare parents-eye view over the digital landscape, Livingstone and Blum-Ross cut through polarized debates and one-size-fits all solutions. This book is a must-read for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of how digital technology intersects in unexpected and varied ways with the everyday lives of diverse families. * Mimi Ito, Director of the Connected Learning Lab, University of California, Irvine *
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About Sonia Livingstone

Sonia Livingstone is a professor in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has published 20 books, including The Class: Living and Learning in the Digital Age.

Alicia Blum-Ross is a researcher, educator, and advocate who has worked in academia, industry, and civil society to study and create opportunities for children, youth, and families to more safely connect, create, and learn online.
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