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Mobile phones and children : an Australian perspective

conference contribution
posted on 2008-01-01, 00:00 authored by Niranjala Weerakkody
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.

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Event

Informing Science and Information Technology Education Conference (2008 : Varna, Bulgaria)

Pagination

459 - 475

Publisher

Informing Science Institute

Location

Varna, Bulgaria

Place of publication

Varna, Bulgaria

Start date

2008-06-22

End date

2008-06-25

Language

eng

Publication classification

E1 Full written paper - refereed

Copyright notice

2008, INSITE

Editor/Contributor(s)

E Cohen

Title of proceedings

INSITE 2008 : Proceedings of the 2008 Informing Science + Information Technology Education Conference

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