Parenting and Digital Media: From the Early Web to Contemporary Digital Society

Deborah Lupton, Sarah Pedersen

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    Parents have accessed websites, online discussion forums and blogs for advice, information and support since the early days of the World Wide Web. In this article, we review the literature in sociology and related social research addressing the ways in which digital media have been used for parenting-related purposes. We begin with the longer-established media of parenting websites, online discussion forums, blogs, email, mobile phones and message and video services and then move on to the newer technologies of social media and apps. This is followed by a section on data privacy and security issues. The concluding section summarises some major issues arising from the review and points to directions for further research.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)730-743
    Number of pages14
    JournalSociology Compass
    Issue number8
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2016


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