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Mobile phones and children : an Australian perspective

Weerakkody, Niranjala D. 2008, Mobile phones and children : an Australian perspective, in INSITE 2008 : Proceedings of the 2008 Informing Science + Information Technology Education Conference, Informing Science Institute, Varna, Bulgaria, pp. 459-475.

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Title Mobile phones and children : an Australian perspective
Author(s) Weerakkody, Niranjala D.
Conference name Informing Science and Information Technology Education Conference (2008 : Varna, Bulgaria)
Conference location Varna, Bulgaria
Conference dates 22nd - 25th June 2008
Title of proceedings INSITE 2008 : Proceedings of the 2008 Informing Science + Information Technology Education Conference
Editor(s) Cohen, Eli
Publication date 2008
Conference series Informing Science and Information Technology Education Conference
Start page 459
End page 475
Total pages 17
Publisher Informing Science Institute
Place of publication Varna, Bulgaria
Keyword(s) mobile phones
technology and discourses
technology and framing
framing
discourses
children and mobile phones
parental power and mobile phones
Australia
digital leash
digital umbilical cord
Summary Mobile phones in Australia record one of the world’s highest rates of ownership among children under 18. This paper examines issues of mobile phones and Australian children and the various discourses (systematic frames) used in discussing their effects. These are the optimistic (gains); pessimistic (losses, costs or harms); pluralistic (technology per se is neutral but how it is used matters); historical development (importance and skills learnt); futuristic predictions (promises and dangers); current uses (connectivity, convergence and interactivity); and techno-realist view (as a mixed blessing). Taking the Justification View of Technology that sees technological adoption as a gamble and borrowing from Joshua Meyrowitz, it examines how mobile phones have eroded parental power over how, when, where and with whom their children communicate, while at the same time, becoming a ‘digital leash’ for parents to re-establish their control and an ‘umbilical cord’ of children to remain connected with parents at all times.
Language eng
Field of Research 200199 Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2008, INSITE
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30018048

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