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Parenting Young Children in Changing Media Environments with Twenty Years Apart

digital Parenting Young Children in Changing Media Environments
with Twenty Years Apart
Article
journal COMUNICAZIONI SOCIALI
issue COMUNICAZIONI SOCIALI - 2019 - 2. Generations, Time, and Media
title Parenting Young Children in Changing Media Environments with Twenty Years Apart
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publisher Vita e Pensiero
format Article | Pdf
online since 09-2019
doi 10.26350/001200_000064
issn 03928667 (print) | 18277969 (digital)
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This article aims to bring to reflection the everyday life of Portuguese families with young children entangled in the digital media environment, by considering a past generation of families with similar characteristics. Theoretical framework combines a mediatization lens and perspectives from media and generations studies. The conceptualisation of the family as a “communicative figuration” (Hepp, Hasebrink, 2018) ‒ composed by communicative practices, actors’ constellation and frames of relevance ‒ guide the three research questions: 1) to what extent is the changing media environment related to changes in the roles played by parents, children and other family members? 2) Are digital media affecting communicative practices in relation to family timetables, routines and spaces? 3) How family’s media-related concerns and memories frame those practices? Based on a thematic analysis of 40 interviews with 20 years apart (20 in 1996 and 20 in 2016), the article explores to what extent “doing family” (Morgan, 2011) has changed. Results show that despite 2016 families are immersed in a deeper digitised environment, parents continue considering television as the main trusted screen for children. More schooled and digital savvy parents seem to be attached to a nostalgic perception of childhood that guides their mediation practices through a more cocooning approach, postponing children’s awareness of social realities around them.

keywords

Mediatization; communicative figurations, media and family, media generation, young children

Authors biography

cristina.ponte@fcsh.unl.pt; sarapereira@ics.uminho.pt; teresasofiacastro@gmail.com

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