Children's digital life: an ethnographic approach

Project: Research

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The intensity of use and appropriation of digital media by children and adolescents is widely recognized. In the analysis of the subject, the adult gaze has prevailed, through the emphasis on potential risks that are disseminated by the media; and the gaze of the children themselves has not been taken into account. This is of greater importance if we frame this discussion in the perspective of the rights of the child, where the right to protection deserves to be balanced with the right to autonomy (Livingstone, Mascheroni & Staksrud 2015). An assumption of the present proposal is that the experience of adolescents in digital media is not focused on risk, but on the enjoyment of them, and in it they face risks and spontaneously acquire skills that eventually open up opportunities in their lives everyday. In this context, this research seeks to understand and analyze the experience of children appropriating digital media in their daily lives from their own perceptions, balancing both the opportunities that are opened and the risks they face. The methodological design, based on ethnography, offers many benefits to collect and present the voice of the participants, hyperconnected children, and their perceptions about the meaning of these technologies.
Short title Digital childhoods
Effective start/end date1/03/161/03/17


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