Childhood, Mobile Technologies and Everyday Experiences: by Emma Bond (auth.)

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2011a), which surveyed more than 25,000 children across Europe to investigate children’s perceptions of risk in relation to the internet and how families view risks online. Hood et al. (1996a) suggested that parents and children conceptualise risk within public and private spheres, and Harden (2000) found that children are reflexive in their conceptualisations of risk. Arguably, perceptions of online risk now permeate contemporary family life and children’s everyday experiences: In sum, contemporary families must negotiate a rapidly changing society without the traditional resources of established relations between generations, with parents neither benefiting from the experience of their own childhood nor having the moral right to impose rules and sanctions without democratic consultation.

4) states that: we must treat technology seriously, using it as the point of departure of this inquiry; we need to locate the process of revolutionary technological change in the social context in which it takes place and by which it is shaped; and we should keep in mind that the search for identity is as powerful as techno-economic change in charting the new history. The importance of the historical Krug (2005) discusses the differences between technologies of communication in the past and in the present, and Matthewman (2011, p.

Jenks (2005) develops Foucault’s ideas of spatial control to suggest that the exercise and manipulation of space is a primary example of adults controlling the child’s world, and suggests that the postmodern diffusion of authority has not led to democracy but to an experience of powerlessness, which is not a potential source of identity but a prescription for victimisation, and children figure largely as symbolic representations of this welter of uncertainty, both literally and metaphorically. Parents are becoming increasingly afraid about a diversity of social and environmental dangers to their children lurking in the public realm, not least dangers from other children, which means that parents are now seeking to prevent their children from having contact with anything but the most controlled and sanitised of public spaces (Philo, 2000).

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