The Byron Review 2008 #DigitalParenting

It's easy to access the full Byron reviews online, but here's a bit that I've found particularly helpful in framing my thinking: We are a society preoccupied with parenting. Information and advice for parents exists in many forms and across all media. Most parents want to parent their children as well as they can and will take active steps to seek out approaches to enable them to do the best they can for their children.…

Understanding Digital Literacies: A Practical Introduction Rodney H Jones & Christophe A. Hafner (2012) Routledge

A great book which gives a really helpful insight into the notion of "affordances" and "constraints". They give the example of the invention of the wristwatch – how it changed what was possible – including the nature of battle – by allowing pilots/soldiers to co-ordinate action and free their hands from needs to consult a pocket watch. Many industrialisation processes are then based on the ability to keep track of time. Human interaction became more…

Eugene Loos et al: Generational Use of New Media (Ashgate: 2012)

This book looks at a number of studies across Europe, exploring assumptions about the ways that older and younger generations access the web, including addressing Prensky's notion of "digital natives"... and the idea that we group all young/old people into the same bracket - when entitlement and access do not necessarily mean a desire to go online. As they say: We are increasingly surrounded by information and no longer surf the net but live in…
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