The Parent App – Københavns Universitet

The Parent App

Understanding Families in the Digital Age

Guest lecture by Lynn Schofield Clark, University of Denver

Thursday, May 10 * 10:15 – 12:00 am

Room 14.2.50 (“Old KUA”)

There are two distinct patterns in how families communicate that are shaping media use in the digital age, and each of these patterns are both rooted in particular histories and are now evolving in relation to digital and mobile media affordances.  Among upper income families, I observe an ethic of expressive empowerment, in which parents encourage their children to use these media in relation to education and self-development and to avoid use that might distract them from goals of achievement.  Among lower income families, I observe what I term an ethic of respectful connectedness, in which family members are encouraged to use digital and mobile media in ways that are respectful, compliant toward parents, and family focused.  Because there remain distinct gradations of digital inclusion (Livingstone, 2007) and as U.S. families experience lives that are increasingly isolated from those whose economic circumstances differ from their own, the uses of these media are reinforcing rather than alleviating what is becoming a troubling economic and social gap in U.S. society.

Lynn Schofield Clark is an author, Associate Professor in Media, Film, and Journalism Studies, and Director of the Estlow International Center for Journalism and New Media at the University of Denver. Among her books are From Angels to Aliens: Teenagers, the Media, and the Supernatural and The Parent App: Understanding Families in the Digital Age (both Oxford University Press). 

The guest lecture is organized by the research priority area The Mediatization of Culture, MEF, University of Copenhagen.