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 6: Practices of parental mediation in television viewing

Aku Kallio


This chapter explores parental mediation as situated practice. Earlier research has demonstrated that parents use different mediation strategies in order to help their children to understand media contents and diminish the negative effects media are believed to have on children. It has been suggested that actively talking with children about media contents is the most effective strategy in preventing unwanted effects. By utilizing conversation analysis, this chapter examines parent–child interaction in television viewing situations. Some 330 minutes of interaction between five-year-olds and their parents were analysed. Four practices of active parental mediation were identified: interpreting the programme, assessing the programme, teaching, and talking about the viewing experience. These practices serve several functions, which are discussed in the light of the moment-to-moment socialization process and parental mediation theory.

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