News on The Parent App

I spoke about my book The Parent App: Understanding Families in a Digital Age on:
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The Brian Lehrer Show, WNYC</a>

<a href=”;StartRow=1&amp;keyword=smart+phones&amp;highlight=on&amp;x=0&amp;y=0″>The Joy Cardin Show, Wisconsin Public Radio</a>

Report on parent use of technologies for monitoring their children, <a href=”″>NPR news story with Jennifer Ludden</a>

Review in the December 2012 issue of Publisher’s Weekly (savvy!):

 The Parent App: Understanding Families in the Digital Age
Lynn Schofield Clark. Oxford Univ., $29.95 (256p) ISBN 978-0-19-989961-6
“Sociologist Clark (Religion, Media and the Marketplace), a media, film, and journalism studies professor at the University of Denver, is also the mother of a preteen and teen. In this book she studies how the Internet and digital and mobile media are reshaping the American family. With more than 10 years of research under her belt, Clark offers interviews and case studies with parents and children from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds as the core of her text. She observes that while parents across the board voice concern about the risks that the Internet, social media, mobile phones, and so forth present for their children, they also realize that parenting in the digital age requires involvement and mediation. In upper-income families, Clark finds, parents keep kids busy with after school enrichment activities, and encourage them to use media to enrich their education and self-development. Lower-income families, she observes, use media to foster family ties and generate respect. Although the digital world is an indisputable and increasingly indispensable part of children’s lives, it is also an arena, she argues, that widens the gap between classes. Clark provides a detailed, savvy, and scholarly view of how families are handling both the risks and benefits of the digital age. (Dec.)

Review in the 2/1 issue of Library Journal below.  I love it – the book offers a “cogent set of recommendations!” – and “will be of interest to both scholars and parents!”

Clark, Lynn Schofield. The Parent App: Understanding Families in the Digital Age. Oxford Univ. 2012. 320p. illus. bibliog. index. notes. ISBN 9780199899616. $29.95;
ebk. ISBN 9780199986804. SOC SCI
Media critic Clark (dir., Estlow International Ctr. for Journalism & New Media, Univ. of Denver; From Angels to Aliens) suggests ways to enable parents to negotiate their children’s engagement with the Internet, social media, and mobile technology. Over 11 years, Clark and her research team conducted extensive interviews with dozens of families of different economic means in urban, suburban, and rural areas of the United States to learn about the impact of digital media on family life. Most of the book comprises an intriguing analytical narrative developed from the interviews. Clark finds that, generally, middle- and upper-middle-class parents respond to media use in terms of its utility for their children’s self-expression and advancement, while parents with lower incomes prioritize the ways media use reinforces family closeness and mutual respect. VERDICT Clark notes that while new technology has brought significant change, including constant connectedness and a persistent trail of information, it has not changed the basics of teen development or heightened the dangers facing children. She concludes with a cogent set of recommendations—some at the family level and some at the policy level—addressing parenting behavior, inequitable access to technology, and the problems of a consumption-oriented society. Clark’s treatment reflects her dual role as researcher and mother and will be of interest to both scholars and parents.—Janet Ingraham Dwyer, State Lib. of Ohio, Columbus

There is also a review in DU Today’s magazine


About Lynn Schofield Clark

I'm an author and media professor who researches and writes about how digital and mobile media are changing the lives of diverse U.S. young people and their families. Regina Marchi and I have recently coauthored Young People and the Future of News: Social Media and the Rise of Connective Journalism for Cambridge University Press (2017). It's about how the definitions of news are changing as young people use social media in their relationships with (and sometimes in advocacy for) their communities of concern (their neighborhoods, schools, workplaces, etc.). My earlier books are Parenting in a Digital Age, published by Oxford University Press in 2013; From Angels to Aliens: Teenagers, the Media, and the Supernatural, published by Oxford University Press in 2005; and Media, Home and Family, co-authored with Diane Alters, Stewart Hoover, Joseph Champ, and Lee Hood, published by Routledge in 2004.
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