Datafied Childhoods: Data Practices and Imaginaries in Children's Lives
Published by: Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers
Imprint: Peter Lang, International Academic Publishers
Available: October 2021
Dimensions: 6.00 x 9.00
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What are the consequences of growing up in a datafied world in which social interaction is increasingly dependent on digital media and everyday life is shaped by algorithmic predictions? How is datafication being normalized in children’s everyday life? What are the technologies, contexts and relations that enhance children’s datafication? What are the meanings of data practices for parents, teachers, and children themselves? These are some of the questions that Giovanna Mascheroni and Andra Siibak address in Datafied Childhoods: Data Practices and Imaginaries in Children’s Lives.
When the data-driven business model emerged twenty years ago, we could not have imagined how pervasive data extraction would have become in the context of everyday life, including the “institutional triangle” of children’s lives (the home, the school, and the playground). Today, the COVID-19 pandemic has intensified the datafication of everyday life and our reliance on data-relations. Yet, we still know little about the nature, meanings, and consequences of the data practices in which children, and the adults around them, engage. This book tries to fill in this gap in two ways. First, drawing on the authors’ knowledge of children and media studies and their own research on children’s, families’, and teachers’ interactions with multiple technologies (IoT and IoToys, artificial intelligence, algorithms, robots) in different contexts (home, school, and play), it promotes a non-media-centric and child-centered approach. Second, in so doing it encourages further scholarly inquiry into the everyday as the analytical entry point to understand how datafication is transforming parenting, education, childhood, and thereby the children.
“What is it like to grow up with your every action tracked, analysed and potentially monetised? Today’s children—the guinea pigs of the digital age—have no choice but to find out for themselves. But it is the wider economic and political interests of society that drive the processes of mediatization and datafication analysed in this ambitious and insightful book. Its conclusions should concern us all.”—Sonia Livingstone, London School of Economics; Author of Parenting for a Digital Future
“More than ever before, today’s children are monitored and tracked across different digital platforms as they engage in education, play, and family life. In this thoughtful, child-centered volume, renowned childhood and family researchers Mascheroni and Siibak provide a comprehensive overview of international research on datafied childhood and parenting. Read this book to gain insights into how parents and children are navigating digital technologies, and to better understand the contemporary and future costs of a surveillance culture that is reshaping our families and our collective lives.”—Lynn Schofield Clark, University of Denver; Author of The Parent App: Understanding Families in a Digital Age
“Just as children experience all kinds of family and social backgrounds, their engagements with digital devices and data are diverse. In adopting a non-media-centric approach, this book does a wonderful job of revealing the diversity of datafied childhoods in all their nuances and complexities. Importantly, the authors acknowledge children’s agency and the more-than-digital dimensions of their lives.”—Deborah Lupton, SHARP Professor, Centre for Social Research in Health and the Social Policy Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Sidney; Leader of the Vitalities Lab