Digital technologies in children’s everyday lives and in “doing family”

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This article contributes to the sociological debate on how digital technologies (DT) have penetrated the lives of families and children, and examines the relevance of digital technologies for children and for practices of 'doing family'. We analysed qualitative data from focus groups and interviews with children between 5 and 10 years old (n=231) and interviews with further members of children's families from four different European countries (Austria, Estonia, Norway and Romania). Results reveal that DT contributed to doing family when families created and maintained a feeling of 'we-ness' through digital activities; when DT required families to balance different needs, rights, or emotions; and when caring practices were supported through DT. Children appeared as significant actors in practices of doing family. As DT helped to decouple practices of doing family from physical co-presence, doing family was expanded. When children's needs were fulfilled and their digital competences were enhanced, their resilience increased.

Seiten (von - bis)215-232
FachzeitschriftFamilies, Relationships and Societies
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - Mai 2024

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