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How Parents Are Mediating the Media in Middle-Class and Less Advantaged Homes

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/9780199899616.003.0007
How Parents Are Mediating the Media in Middle-Class and Less Advantaged Homes

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This chapter considers why some parents are more vigilant in parental mediation and why others seem less anxious about their children's (especially older preteen and teen children's) media use. Surprisingly, despite their stated anxieties about media and leisure, the upper middle class families introduced in this chapter have both more stated restrictions and more exceptions that seem to push those restrictions to the wayside. In contrast, the less advantaged families have fewer stated restrictions but more shared media time and clearer consequences when restrictions aren’t upheld. Concerns about risk seem less pertinent in these processes of working out the role of digital and mobile media than we might have first imagined they would be. Instead the stories are suggestive when reviewed in relation to social class: perhaps one difference may lie in the emphasis upon the well-being of the individual in upper income families, and the emphasis on the welfare of the group and the family in lower income families.

Keywords: parental mediation; coviewing; parental authority; phone as tether; participatory learning; teenage bedroom culture; individualism; alone together; media-rich environments; hyper-intensive parenting; the Olivers; the Richters; the Dykstras; the Connors

Chapter.  10155 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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