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Strict Parents, Gamer High School Dropouts, and Shunned Overachievers

Lynn Schofield Clark

in The Parent App

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199899616
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980161 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199899616.003.0003
Strict Parents, Gamer High School Dropouts, and Shunned Overachievers

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This chapter considers additional problem behaviors related to digital and mobile media, presenting the stories of parents who are considered by their children to be overly strict, a young person whose interest-driven online participation does not move him toward positive outcomes despite his mother's positive parenting efforts, and another young person who encounters difficulties despite parental support, her academic drive, and her purported access to the digital technologies she needs. The chapter points to the limitations of the idea that a Parent App, or technology and parental decisionmaking alone, could address enduring challenges facing many young people today. Whereas this at first seems a discouraging finding, it also points to the need for greater consideration of how digital media and parenting issues intersect with other concerns of family and media policy.

Keywords: strict parenting; workarounds; parental mediation; respectful connectedness; interest-driven participation; gaming; Carmen; Caleb Baylor; the Domentarys; the Sealys; the Cortezs

Chapter.  10056 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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