DEMETER PRESS – CALL FOR PAPERS Parenting/Internet/Kids
Editors: Fiona Joy Green and Jaqueline McLeod Rogers
Computer technology and the internet – specifically the interpersonal and communicative element of social media-have become increasingly influential and ubiquitous over the last decade. The smart phone puts computers in many hands, and in North American homes, it’s common for family members, regardless of age, to have their own devices. This anthology explores how this avalanche of technology has affected family environments, dynamics and mothering. While other studies have focused on how mothers use the internet to access information and online communities, few have honed in on how the internet has changed culture and conduct in the home and introduced new challenges to mothering. This collection examines the pressures of mothering children who are increasingly implicated in digital life, even as mothers are experiencing similar, often unacknowledged, dependency. It also questions the role mothers play in providing and updating computer technology and maintaining spaces of access.