Mobile Communication and Children

Mobile Communication and Children

Mascheroni Giovanna (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-6166-0.ch010


The shift from mobile phones to smartphones, which integrate mobile communication, social media, and geo-locative services, expands the scope of mobile communication and opens up new opportunities for young people, as well as new risks. However, research on the adoption and use of smartphones among young people is still sparse. Therefore, the consequences of smartphone use on children's communicative cultures and relational practices remain yet to be explored. Drawing on the consistent literature on children and mobile communication and on the findings of preliminary research on younger users' domestication of smart mobile devices, the present chapter discusses the implications of mobile media use amongst young people in the light of the changes associated with smartphones and the mobile Internet.
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Mobile Communication And Children

Earlier and notable contributions provided a review of the numerous studies on youth and mobile communications (Ling & Haddon, 2008; Green & Haddon, 2009; Ling & Bertel, 2013). Drawing on this body of writing, continuing themes in the field from the late Nineties can be identified in the following: the investigation of particular communicative practices, such as texting; the analysis of the social functions of mobile phones, in terms of micro- and hyper-coordination; and the understanding of its social consequences, namely connectivity and social cohesion, emancipation, social exclusion, the disturbance of the public sphere, the extension of one’s personal sense of safety. Moreover, while the majority of the studies focused on how mobile communication fitted into teenagers' peers relations, the issue of parent-child interactions in relation to this technology also attracted a good deal of attention.

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