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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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Risk, Media, and Parenting in a Digital Age

Risk, Media, and Parenting in a Digital Age

(p.3) Chapter 1 Risk, Media, and Parenting in a Digital Age
The Parent App

Lynn Schofield Clark

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces the main themes that structure this book: class, risk, and the role of communication media in creating and sustaining class-related cultural distinctions. The book's perspective on the role of risk in relation to technology and parenting is closely related to our experiences of economics and social class. Because news and entertainment media aim to appeal to the wealthiest demographic, norms of parenting in advice manuals and in other media are focused on the upper middle class parenting value of “expressive empowerment”. The media-driven definition of middle class life also supports the culture of fear that pervades discussions of technology and leisure and sees media as a distraction. This chapter discusses the relationship between risk and digital/mobile media to get a clear perspective about what is new in the new media environment, how sociologists review these new situations in relation to society-wide heightened risk, how parents and young people address themselves to these new situations.

Keywords:   social class, morally correct parenting, culture of fear, stranger danger, helicopter parenting, respectful connectedness, expressive empowerment, the digital trail, Danah Boyd

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