Media, Family Interaction and the Digitalization of Childhood
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Media, Family Interaction and the Digitalization of Childhood

Edited by Anja R. Lahikainen, Tiina Mälkiä and Katja Repo

This is a first-class repository of new knowledge on how media and family routines intertwine in daily interactions. The multi-method approach reveals how varying forms of media affect the interaction between children and their parents. Avoiding criticism of these interactions, the contributors instead offer an impartial view of the natural occurrences in media-related family life.
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Chapter 5: Children’s media use: the perspective of time use

Katja Repo and Satu Valkonen

Abstract

This chapter examines the daily life of children in the digital era from the perspective of their time use. The chapter is based on the results of current inquiries from Finland, the United Kingdom and the USA. It reports on children’s new (mobile phones, smartphones, tablets) and traditional media (television) use, which have come to play a prominent role for many children. The chapter looks at the way homes as media environments have changed in recent years, and discusses how the media use of children is related to time spent alone, with family members, and with friends. The chapter points out that a diversity of media is available for children in all three countries. Children’s use of smartphones and tablets is increasing rapidly, and the older they are, the more they spend time online. The chapter also argues that although TV is still an important focus of family time, portable devices are creating the increasing privatization of family time.

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