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The ‘Joys’ of Digital Media in New Parenting

May 16, 2017

Maja Sonne Damkjaer explores how new parents are using digital media in their transition to parenthood. As new parents engage with media such as pregnancy calendars and social media such as Facebook, Maja suggests that it is now necessary for parents to decide on a parental communication strategy as they navigate these digital contexts. Maja is a research assistant at the School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University, Denmark, and her PhD project is part of the research programme, The Mediatization Read More...

Is There a ‘Family Factor’ in Mediation? A Jamaican Perspective

May 12, 2017

How do different family types influence the parent’s role in a child or teen’s life online? Anthea Edalere-Henderson looks to Jamaican family relations to understand online engagement. Anthea works at CARIMAC, The University of the West Indies, Mona where she is interested in the development of a critical Caribbean scholarship for understanding 21st century information technologies. Her research is focused on communication and media studies, with a special emphasis on the globalised forms of media techn Read More...

Researching Childhood in a Digital Age: New Book Chapter

May 9, 2017

In the new edition of one of the key methods texts in childhood research – Research with children: Perspectives and practices, edited by Pia Christensen and Allison James – Sonia Livingstone and Alicia Blum-Ross argue that paying attention to the digital reveals a lot about children’s identities and relationships. The previous 2008 edition barely mentioned mobile phones, social networking, online identities or digital games, with researchers implicitly prioritising face-to-face interaction. Yet as chi Read More...

BBC Interview Dad, and the Joys and Perils of Parenting on the Internet

May 5, 2017

Alicia Blum-Ross takes a closer look at the infamous ‘BBC interview dad,’ and the representation of parenting on the internet to explore the delicate and unique balancing act of those families who achieve unintended viral success. Alicia is a researcher at the LSE’s Department of Media and Communications. In addition to her work on the Parenting for a Digital Future research project, she is interested in youth media production.  Header image credit: Screenshot of BBC website Unless you’ Read More...

Creating the Future of Digital Learning in the US

May 2, 2017

The 2016 National Education Technology Plan has just been released in the US, and Renee Hobbs reviews some key ideas from it, discussing how it aligns with digital and media literacy education. Renee is Professor of Communication Studies and Director of the Media Education Lab, Harrington School of Communication and Media, University of Rhode Island, USA. Image credit: B. Flickinger, CC BY 2.0 I’ll be the first to admit that I have not been a fan of the US federal government’s approach to educati Read More...

What Is ‘Play’ and ‘Playfulness’, and What Does It Mean to Join Either Term Together With Learning?

April 28, 2017

Julian Sefton-Green explores what play is and what play is not, and whether it truly is ‘the work of the child’. Julian is an independent scholar working in education and the cultural and creative industries. He is currently leading the project Preparing for Creative Labour and is a principal research fellow at the Department of Media & Communication, LSE, a research associate at the University of Oslo and visiting professor at The Playful Learning Centre, University of Helsinki. Image cr Read More...

‘Space Invaders’: Are Smartphones Really Transforming Parents and Adolescents’ Ways of Communicating?

April 25, 2017

Marina Everri takes a closer look at the ways in which smartphones impact family life in Italy, and whether they are changing the ways in which parents and adolescents interact. Marina is a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science at the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. Image credit: M. Paradis, CC BY-NC 2.0 Recent surveys show that teenagers mainly access the internet through their smartphones, with the use of other mobile devices, s Read More...

Supporting and Developing Parents’ Strategies for Children’s Use of Digital Media at Home

April 21, 2017

Natalia Kucirkova explores the inherent difficulties in balancing children’s media use and concludes that there is no magic formula for a balanced media diet. Natalia is a Senior Research Fellow at the University College London. She researches innovative ways of supporting children’s reading engagement with digital books and the role of personalisation in early years.  Image credit: M. Kwan, CC BY-SA 2.0 Children’s use of technology is often homogenised and described in generic terms of either Read More...

Making the Familiar Strange: Studying the Syrian Refugee Crisis

April 18, 2017

Meryl Alper shares insights from her new book, Giving voice: Mobile communication, disability, and inequality. She discusses how her study of parents raising children with disabilities in the digital age also became a snapshot of the global Syrian refugee crisis. Meryl is Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Northeastern University and Faculty Associate with the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. Image credit: P. Marioné, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 You don’t have Read More...

Bridging Time Between Home and the Mine: Parenting Through Social Media in Northern Chile

April 14, 2017

The necessity of parents working away from home has an impact on the children left behind, and many parents are using digital media to keep in touch. Nell Haynes looks at the particular case of miners in Chile and their ways of parenting from a distance. Nell is a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at Northwestern University. She works in partnership with the Why We Post project at University College London. Her work focuses on popular culture, media, gender and race in Andea Read More...


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