NYTimes article on parental monitoring cites me, friends

‘Big Brother’? No, It’s Parents
By SOMINI SENGUPTA
Published: June 25, 2012 253 Comments

When her children were ready to have laptops of their own, Jill Ross bought software that would keep an eye on where they went online. One day it offered her a real surprise. She discovered that her 16-year-old daughter had set up her own video channel.

Using the camera on her laptop, sometimes in her bedroom, she and a friend were recording mundane teenage banter and broadcasting it on YouTube for the whole world to see.

For Ms. Ross, who lives outside Denver, it was a window into her daughter’s mind and an emblem of the strange new hurdles of modern-day parenting. She did not mention it to her daughter; she just subscribed to the channel’s updates. The daughter said nothing either; she just let Mom keep watching.

“It’s a matter of knowing your kids,” Ms. Ross said of her discovery.

Parents can now use an array of tools to keep up with the digital lives of their children, raising new quandaries. Is surveillance the best way to protect children? Or should parents trust them to share if they are scared or bewildered by something online? Read More

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Parental mediation theory article out!


“Parental Mediation Theory for the Digital Age,” by Lynn Schofield Clark, Nov 2011.

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Congratulations, Institute for Digital Humanities Fellows!

Michaela Ardizzioni & Nabil Echchaibi
Assistant Professors, Languages (Italian) & Journalism
University of Colorado at Boulder
Project: “Mediatization of Media Activism: New Tools, Ubiquitous Networks, Emergent Voices”

Leonardo Flores
Associate Professor of English and Associate Dean of Educational Technologies
University of Puerto Rico
Project: “Digitizing Puerto Rican Collections”

Charles Foy
Assistant Professor of Early American and Atlantic History
Eastern Illinois University
Project: “Uncovering Hidden Lives: Eighteenth Century Black Mariners”

Katherine Henne, Nina Billone Prieur, & Rita Shah
Departments of Criminology, Law, & Society, & Theater
UC-Irvine & Duke University
Project: “Reimagining the Bodies and Boundaries of the Crimino-Legal Complex”

Kirstyn Leuner
Ph.D. Candidate, English
University of Colorado at Boulder
Project: “Romantic Codes & Encoding Romantic Literature: The Radcliffe Encoding Project”

Vicki Mayer, Elizabeth Dunnebacke, & Mike Griffith
Associate Professor, Communication
Tulane University & NOLA Video Access Center & Innovative Learning Center
Project: “MediaNOLA: A Portal for Cultural Production”

Susan Meyer
Lecturer, Art & Art History
University of Denver

Angel David Nieves & Marla Jacksh
Associate Professor, Africana Studies
Hamilton College
Project: “Virtual Freedom Trail Project: Corridors to the Past & Present”

Sarah Pessin
Associate Professor & Director, Center for Judaic Studies
University of Denver
Project: “Holocaust Memorial Social Action Site”

Sheila Schroeder
Associate Professor, Media, Film, & Journalism Studies
University of Denver

Siobhan Senier
Associate Professor, English
University of New Hampshire
Project: “Literature of Indigenous New England”

Ted Striphas & Mark Hayward
Professor & Associate Professor of Communication
Indiana University & American University of Paris
Project: “Mapping media flows & Media Reflexivity”

Don Walicek
Assistant Professor, English
University of Puerto Rico
Project: “Tongues Untied: Anguilla Talk in Context”

Jon Winet & collaborators
Associate Professor and Director, Writing University Experimental Wing
University of Iowa
Project: “City of Literature Mobile App Development Team”

The University of Denver received more than 50 applications from around the world for its Institute for the Digital Humanities program. We received many excellent proposals and the decisions were quite difficult. Thanks to the many who applied and best wishes for your continued productive work in the future.

The 2011-2012 Institute for the Digital Humanities will hold its first gathering at the University of Denver in June, 2011.

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Deadline for Digital Humanities Fellows: 12/15/10

Info on the University of Denver’s Institute for Digital Humanities program:

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Interview w/Parker Palmer on youth, civic engagement, religious formation

Video of interview with Parker Palmer, November 8, 2010: http://player.vimeo.com/video/16795758

REA 2010 Parker Palmer Plenary from REA-APPRRE on Vimeo.

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Parenting in a Digital Age

Manuscript is currently in review!

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NEH Grant!

DU Associate Prof Adrienne Russell and I have received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to establish the University of Denver’s Institute for the Digital Humanities in 2011. This program provides humanities scholars with an opportunity to participate in an 18-month non-residential fellowship mentoring program that will assist them in developing expertise in and incorporating into their research and teaching digital media such as video, websites, blogs, data mapping, and other tools.   Particular focus is on scholars who are interested in public outreach.    Application deadline for program beginning in June 2011 is January 15, 2011.  More information on the program is here.

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