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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 child’s 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 adolescent’s 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 individual’s 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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This note was uploaded on 10/21/2011 for the course COMM 224 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '11 term at UPenn.
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