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The Parent App: Understanding Families in the Digital Age

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Ninety-five percent of American kids have Internet access by age 11; the average number of texts a teenager sends each month is well over 3,000. More families report that technology makes life with children more challenging, not less, as parents today struggle with questions previous generations never faced: Is my thirteen-year-old responsible enough for a Facebook page? W ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published November 9th 2012 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published October 9th 2012)
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Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Parent App is an academic book that uses qualitative data (from interviews and focus groups) with American parents of teenagers to document how media and technology rules and needs vary by socioeconomic status. Clark extends Annette Lareau's Unequal Childhoods by mapping out family dynamics and social class impact how technology is situated in the lives of American teenagers. There were bits of Clark's writing, specifically about her positionally, that would I would like to adopt in my own w ...more
Lynn Schofield Clark's sociological research and analysis will challenge many Americans' understandings about family communication and digital media. Observing a significant class-based differences in two predominant ethics of communication and sharing interviews she conducted with youth and with parents displays the emotional work of both youth and parents in how to be strong and healthy families and use digital media well.

I strongly recommend this book for religious leaders, because these are
Suzanne Krepelka
Jun 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
The topic of this book definitely brings something new to the bookshelf, and Clark proposes and executes her thesis in a way that is not only clear, but engaging and relevant to every reader in some way or another. I think it brings value to any person- parent or child (I myself am a college student)- because even for someone who is perhaps past the age of parental regulation, it presents a wide variety of family situations and how each handled technology, eventually relating back to either the ...more
Feb 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Thought provoking but a bit frustrating. This book reads a lot like a college text book. Be prepared. As a parent with kids ranging from 8 to 15, this book had a number of case studies that offered me some new perspectives on managing technology in our family. However, I think Lynn Schofield Clark overlooks some key factors in how kids are using technology in less than positive ways and the impact this is having on them and parents' decisions about when to allow their children to access to a ran ...more
Oct 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Parents
We are living in digital age with connections to gizmos and gadgets that are connected social media outlets and so much more. It is enough to drive any parent mad with insanity when you add a hormonal teen to mix; I wonder some days that if someone may be putting me in a padded cell somewhere. I was blessed with all girls and they all range in age from a three year old toddler to an eleven year old tween to twelve going on thirty preteen to an attitude full out boy crazed seventeen year old. Thi ...more
Feb 26, 2016 rated it did not like it
Who is this book written for? If it is for academics (as it seems to be), then the most effective way to convey this information would have been a single, concisely-written journal article highlighting the findings of this research. Much better use of readers' time.
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Lynn Schofield Clark is Professor and Chair of the Department of Media, Film and Journalism Studies and Director of the Estlow International Center for Journalism and New Media at the University of Denver. An ethnographer who has studied and worked with diverse U.S. families and young people for more than 15 years, Clark is interested in how the everyday uses of digital, mobile and social media sh ...more

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