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Unformatted text preview: 14 April 2011 Readings New Technologies Children, Youth and the Mobile Phone Ling and Haddon Intro: why study children and teens? Mobile telephony is a phenomenon of teens and young people Parent-Child Relationships and the Mobile Phone Key underlying theme both parents and children using the technology (mobile phones) as a way to manage the childs growing independence Many parents first purchased mobile phones as to way to locate their child and ensure they are safe as they move into broader society Mobile device can be used to push children on road towards independence General trend is towards emancipation Another trend is to use the phone for reassurance; child wants to know that the parental bond is there and readily available for them ICTs=Information-communication technologies Children also use phone as a barrier against parents; for example saying their phone is dead to avoid talking with them Peer Relationships and the Mobile Phone Question of how does the mobile phone allow for emancipation, identity formation with peer-to-peer groups? Emergence of peer norms in relation to the mobile Mobile phone important for the coordination of everyday activities within peer groups Researchers focused on how the mobile phone can assist in the adolescents development of identity in its role as a fashion object Mobile phone can function in the same way as a piece of jewelry, part of the individuals look that is a marker of social status Development of teen self-identity Texting goes a step further in providing adolescents with a more direct link to peers Peers and Texting Texting became a type of talisman for the teens of the late 1990s in many parts of...
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