Parenting for a Digital Future – How Hopes and Fears about Technology Shape Children’s Lives by Sonia Livingstone and Alicia Blum-Ross

In the decades it takes to bring up a child, parents face challenges that are both helped and hindered by the fact that they are living through a period of unprecedented digital innovation. In Parenting for a Digital Future, Sonia Livingstone and Alicia Blum-Ross draw on extensive and diverse qualitative and quantitative research with a range of parents in the UK to reveal how digital technologies characterize parenting in late modernity, as parents determine how to forge new territory with little precedent or support. They chart how parents often enact authority and values through digital technologies since “screen time,” games and social media have become both ways of being together and of setting boundaries. Parenting for a Digital Future moves beyond the panicky headlines to offer a deeply researched exploration of what it means to parent in a period of significant social and technological change.



Taking a comparative, critical and contextualised approach to today’s changing media landscape. I write about why and how conditions of mediation are reshaping everyday practices and possibilities for action and identity.

My books examine the opportunities and risks of digital and online technologies for children and young people at home and school, for media and digital literacies, for audiences and the public sphere, and for children’s rights in the digital age.

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