Parenting for a Digital Future: how hopes and fears about technology shape children's lives

Hosted by the Department of Media and Communications

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Dr Alicia Blum-Ross

Dr Alicia Blum-Ross

Professor Lynn Schofield Clark

Professor Lynn Schofield Clark

Dr Paul Hodkinson

Dr Paul Hodkinson

Professor Sonia Livingstone

Professor Sonia Livingstone


Professor Shani Orgad

Professor Shani Orgad

In the decades it takes to bring up a child, parents face challenges that are both helped and hindered by the fact that they are living through a period of unprecedented digital innovation. Join us for this event to launch Sonia Livingstone and Alicia Blum-Ross' new book, Parenting for a Digital Future

In their new book, Sonia Livingstone and Alicia Blum-Ross draw on extensive and diverse qualitative and quantitative research with a range of parents in the UK to reveal how digital technologies characterise parenting in late modernity, as parents determine how to forge new territory with little precedent or support. 

Alicia Blum-Ross (@aliciablumross) is a researcher, educator, and advocate who has worked in academia, industry, and civil society to study and create opportunities for children, youth, and families to more safely connect, create, and learn online.

Lynn Schofield Clark (@LynnSchofClark) 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 shape peoples’ identities and aspirations, particularly in the context of widening income inequality in the United States.

Paul Hodkinson (@paul_hodkinson) is a Reader in the Department of Sociology at the University of Surrey. Paul's work is focused upon youth cultures, online communications, contemporary fatherhood and the relationships between media and cultural identities.

Sonia Livingstone (@Livingstone_S) is a professor in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has published 20 books, including The Class: Living and Learning in the Digital Age.

You can order the book, Parenting for a Digital Future, (UK delivery only) from our official LSE Events independent book shop, Pages of Hackney

Shani Orgad is Professor in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE. Professor Orgad gained a Bachelor's degree in Media and Communications with Sociology and Anthropology from The Hebrew University in Jerusalem, following which she obtained both a Master's and PhD in Media and Communications at LSE.

The Department of Media and Communications (@MediaLSE) is a world-leading centre for education and research in communication and media studies at the heart of LSE’s academic community in central London. We are ranked #1 in the UK and #3 globally in our field (2020 QS World University Rankings).

This event forms part of LSE’s Shaping the Post-COVID World initiative, a series of debates about the direction the world could and should be taking after the crisis.

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