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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Digital technologies, children and young people's relationships and self-care (Forthcoming/Available Online)
Authors: Wilson, Sarah
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Keywords: children and young people
looked after children
digital technologies
Issue Date: 12-May-2015
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Citation: Wilson S Digital technologies, children and young people's relationships and self-care (Forthcoming/Available Online), Children's Geographies.
Abstract: Children and young people’s access to and use of digital technologies have received increasing attention in recent years. While influential UK media commentators have often focused on associated risks, researchers have taken a less exclusively problem-focused approach. Children and young people’s use of, for example, social media and computer games to extend the spaces available to them in which to maintain relationships, to experiment with social identities, and to engage in an ‘economy of dignity’, however fragile, have all been highlighted. This paper builds on this work to further consider the role of such resources, accessed primarily through computers and mobile phones, as means of caring for oneself or ‘self-care’. It draws on a qualitative study which employed visual and audial methods to explore the sense of belonging (or not) of young people who have been ‘looked after’ by others than their biological parents, often in less affluent circumstances.
Type: Journal Article
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Affiliation: Applied Social Science

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