Parenting the Mobile Internet in Italian Households: Parents' and Children's Discourses

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Drawing on the rich literature on parental mediation of children's use of digital and mobile media, this paper discusses the findings of an explorative study conducted in Italy, aimed at understanding how families appropriate smartphones in relation to the household's moral economy, their domestication of ICTs and the parenting style adhered to by parents. The aim of the paper is threefold: understand (1) how are social legitimations for or against children's use of smartphones constructed; (2) how do parents make sense of their mediation of children's mobile internet use drawing on different interpretative repertoires; and (3) how children negotiate, resist or evade parental justifications by producing alternative narratives.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)440-456
Numero di pagine17
RivistaJournal of Children and Media
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2014


  • children
  • mobile internet
  • parental mediation
  • parenting style
  • smartphones


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