Crescere in rete. Giovani e nuove tecnologie

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] Growing online. Young people and new technologies

Piermarco Aroldi, Barbara Gasparini

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[Autom. eng. transl.] The relationship between minors and the media constitutes, as is known, a classic theme of reflection and research, both of a sociological, psychological and pedagogical nature, and in a more strictly mediological perspective. On the first side, the most widespread paradigms have tended to embrace the development of media and communication technologies (from the birth of comics and cinema onwards to the advent of Facebook), questioning the effects that these new forms of technically mediated communication and relationship would have exercised on the smallest and, in particular, on the processes of socialization, education, construction of identities that see them as protagonists; on the second side, the user public and the world of media production addressed to them were studied in the light of a segmentation by age that has often seen in young people a particularly vulnerable and influential category and, at the same time, an attractive target, particularly dynamic, sometimes elusive, certainly peculiar. If we want to narrow our gaze to the more recent sociological and mediological reflection, we must first of all recognize that in the last decade this classical theme has undergone a further declination due to the change in the theoretical and research paradigms, on the one hand, and the transformations of the system of media on the other. To summarize at least the main turning points, it will be worth remembering the long-term transition from functionalist and schematically evolutionary models to constructivist models, on which a less essentialist and more procedural vision of personal and social identity and more fluid socialization dynamics depend. less authoritarian and sometimes contradictory: the so-called "weak socialization" or "mediated" (Besozzi 2006). The media context, then, has been profoundly transformed by the advent of digital and, in particular, the Internet and cellular telephony: the so-called "new technologies" have led to another, more active (and interactive), mobile communication model , reversible, multidirectional and multimedia, potentially participatory. To question oneself today about the relationship between minors and the media therefore means above all to reflect on how the characteristic features of the new communication technologies enter into relation with socialization processes and with the identity dynamics through which the members of the new generations are formed.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] Growing online. Young people and new technologies
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)5-24
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • Adolescenti
  • Bambini
  • Children
  • Kids
  • Media Education
  • Media Literacy
  • New Media
  • Nuovi Media


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