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Trust, control, and privacy: Mediatization of childhood and adolescence in the digital age
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5/23/2018
When: Wednesday, May 23, 2018
9:00 AM
Where: Institute for Communication at Charles University Prague
Prague
Czech Republic
Contact: ECREA


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Young people of today are born in a digital environment and are used to observing their parents interacting with digital devices from their earliest days. In a mediatized society all fields of society are increasingly shaped by media and particularily digital media have gained ever more importance with regards to the socialisation of children and adolescents: On the one hand they see other family members using and interacting with digital media and on the other hand they start to use them at a more and more early stage of life. Burke and Marsh (2014; Marsh et al. 2016) stress that this does not only lead to diverse activities and online practices but also that in these experiences the online domain cannot be separated from the offline domain anymore – both are seamlessly merging in children's play and interaction. As Livingstone & Lunt (2014) point out mediatization means that not only the media are changing, but also their effects on institutions and practices across society. Amongst other societal and cultural changes the mediatization of childhood and adolescence challenges concepts of trust, control and privacy as well as their interrelation. Much of this discourse advocates for children and young people’s privacy, at the same time the control parents are seeking might jeopardise their privacy as well. Behind all these processes and meaning-making, on both individual and collective levels, can however be found a more fundamental question of “trust”. 

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