In policy predictions and in the news, by their peers and by their children’s teachers, parents are asked to consider radically different visions of life in the ‘digital age’. On the one hand, there are promises of digital jobs requiring 21st-century skills, new avenues for learning and creativity and expression. On the other, digital technologies seem to lead to social alienation, addiction and time-wasting.
In a time when nothing stands still, the risks and opportunities of new technologies and media are offered up long before the previous ones have been worked out. Only yesterday we were questioned constantly about Minecraft and Pokemon Go, today Fortnite, who can predict what will be next? How do parents feel their way through this radically shifting landscape? How do they balance hopes and fears, for themselves and their children as they prepare for the prospect of a digital future? Who and what helps or supports them (or does not)? And how do debates about digital technologies – in all their evocative symbolism and real-world consequences – come to crystallize the anxieties perhaps more properly attributed to other profound social shifts?
- : http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/parenting4digitalfuture/2018/11/07/parenting-for-a-digital-future-the-book/
- : Sonia Livingstone & Alicia Blum-Ross
- : London School of Economics