This book examines changes in families’ rules and routines connected with media during the pandemic and shifts in parents’ understanding of children’s media use.

Drawing on interviews with 130 parents at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the book explores specific cultural contexts across seven countries: Australia, Canada, China, Colombia, South Korea, United Kingdom, and United States. Readers will gain an understanding of family media practices during the pandemic and how they were influenced by contextual factors such as the pandemic restrictions, family relationships and situations, socioeconomic statuses, cultural norms and values, and sociotechnical visions, among others. Further, encounter with theoretical framings will provide innovative ways to understand what it means for children, parents, and families to live in the digital age.

This timely volume will offer key insights to researchers and graduate students studying in a variety of disciplines, including media and cultural studies, communication arts, education, childhood studies, and family studies.

The Open Access version of this book, available at www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution- Non Commercial- No Derivatives (CC- BY- NC- ND) 4.0 license.

chapter 1|27 pages


Families, screen media, and daily life during the pandemic
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chapter 3|17 pages

Temporalities and changing understandings of children's use of media

Australia, China, and the United States
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chapter 5|24 pages

‘Just doing stupid things'

Affective affinities for imagining children's digital creativity
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chapter 6|23 pages

Imaginaries of parental controls

The state, market, and families
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chapter 7|9 pages


Contributions, provocations, and calls to action
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