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The Parent AppUnderstanding Families in the Digital Age$
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Lynn Schofield Clark

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199899616

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199899616.001.0001

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Parenting in a Digital Age

Parenting in a Digital Age

The Mediatization of Family Life and the Need to Act

(p.201) Chapter 9 Parenting in a Digital Age
The Parent App

Lynn Schofield Clark

Oxford University Press

The questions of parenting in relation to these technologies is a more complex subject than many reports, and even advice books, would have us believe. Two styles of communication give shape to how families, positioned differently in terms of socio-economic status, approach digital and mobile media: the ethic of “expressive empowerment” and the ethic of “respectful connectedness” inform us about how technologies are relevant to and problematic within differing families. The ethic of expressive empowerment can lead parents to emphasize the individual rights of the young person, sometimes at the expense of other familial goals. In contrast, the ethic of respectful connectedness emphasizes the rights of the family over the individualThe chapter then criticizes theories of the role of media in social change that have tended to assume that media change all people and groups within society in the same way. Finally, specific suggestions are offered to help parents educate themselves and their families on digital and mobile media.

Keywords:   mediatization, digital trail, digital tether, respectful connectedness, expressive empowerment

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