Challenging Adolescents’ Autonomy

An Affordances Perspective on Parental Tools

Authored by: Bieke Zaman , Marije Nouwen , Karla Van Leeuwen

The Routledge Companion to Digital Media and Children

Print publication date:  October  2020
Online publication date:  October  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138544345
eBook ISBN: 9781351004107
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781351004107-18

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Abstract

There is a broad spectrum of parenting tools available that impact upon parental mediation practices (what parents do in terms of supporting media use) and parenting dimensions (parenting behaviour, thoughts, feelings, and goals). This chapter presents a theoretically informed review of the affordances of exemplar parenting tools. Findings demonstrate that such tools do not offer a homogeneous technological ‘solution’. Instead, five lenses – parental tool functional qualities, parental mediation practices, parenting dimensions, children’s rights, and the notion of the child – reveal a taxonomy for subsequent social sciences analyses and sensitive design.

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