9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN18 Sociology of Communications and Media Research

2009-09-05 11:00:00 2009-09-05 12:30:00 Saturday, 5 September 11:00 - 12:30 POSTER SESSION Building AA, AA.329

Family interaction surrounding media: between adolecents┬┤ autonomy and paretal control

The image of family interaction around the TV, or "electronic fireplace" seems, nowadays, been gradually giving place to the convivial network, real or virtual, allowed by the emergence of new media and new information and communication technologies. New generations have been growing up amidst changes in interactivity of communication and in the context of multiple media producers and distributors. New competencies seem to be acquired intuitively by youngsters as a way to explore the interconnection between various media realities. The appropriation of media and new technologies by children and adolescents suggests that there might be occurring transformations in family interaction around the media and ICTs. Therefore, the main aim of this presentation is to access those transformations that may include the occurrence of specific conflicts surrounding media consumption - for instance, related to the time of use and content of certain media. With come up the hypothesis that new fields of family negotiation and tension might be emerging. Moreover, this topic concerns tensions surrounding the autonomy of adolescents, parental authority, rules and control over the media.