Children’s Moral Agency in the Digital Environment

Authored by: Joke Bauwens , Lien Mostmans

The Routledge Companion to Digital Media and Children

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

Print ISBN: 9781138544345
eBook ISBN: 9781351004107
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The digital environment is a crucial practise ground for children to explore ethical questions. Digital media, however, also produce instances of moral destabilisation. These observations come into dialogue to address how children navigate the ethical complicatedness of the digital environment. The lived experience of children growing up in the Global North indicates that moral agency rests in negotiation between the ‘moral’ and the ‘social’ in terms of peer culture and dominant discourses of neoliberalism and risk management. While gender differences may be evident, there is no systematic examination of questions about how other structural differentials interact with moral agency.

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