Family mediating practices and ideologies: Spanish and Portuguese parents of children under three and digital media in homes

Matsumoto, M; Poveda, D; Jorge, A; Pacheco, R; Tomé, V; Aliagas, C. and Morgade, M. (2021). Family mediating practices and ideologies: Spanish and Portuguese parents of children under three and digital media in homes. In D. Holloway, M. Wilson, K. Murcia, C. Archer and F. Stocco (Eds.), Young children’s rights in a digital world: Play, design and practice (pp. 29-44). Springer.

 

This chapter focuses on how parents organise the inclusion of their very young children into ‘digital society’ by examining their mediation practices and ideologies with regards to the digital activities of children aged under 3. The chapter draws from child cases from five middle-class families from Spain and Portugal researched  in the European study A Day in the Digital Lives of 0-3 Year-Olds.  We problematize the complex relationship between parental beliefs, self-perceptions and actual practices regarding the place of digital technologies in young children’s lives and development. We do so by examining mediation as an emergent process, looking at how parents and family members create the interactional ecologies together, as well as seeing mediation as strategies within family routines. Full book: Springer

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