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Parenting and digital media: from the early days of the web to contemporary digital society.

Lupton, Deborah; Pedersen, Sarah; Thomas, Gareth M.

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Deborah Lupton

Sarah Pedersen

Gareth M. Thomas

Abstract

Parents have accessed websites, online discussion forums and blogs for advice, information and support since the early days of the World Wide Web. In this article, we review the literature in sociology and related social research addressing the ways in which digital media have been used for parenting-related purposes. We begin with the longer-established media of parenting websites, online discussion forums, blogs, email, mobile phones and message and video services and then move on to the newer technologies of social media and apps. This is followed by a section on data privacy and security issues. The concluding section summarises some major issues arising from the review and points to directions for further research.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Aug 2, 2016
Journal Sociology compass
Electronic ISSN 1751-9020
Publisher Wiley Open Access
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 10
Issue 8
Pages 730-743
Institution Citation LUPTON, D., PEDERSEN, S. and THOMAS, G.M. 2016. Parenting and digital media: from the early days of the web to contemporary digital society. Sociology compass [online], 10(8), pages 730-743. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1111/soc4.12398
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/soc4.12398
Keywords Digital media; Digital communications; Parenting advice

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