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  • 1. Adolescence, schooling &identity: New & old contexts Old (back to 1950 & 1980)  Local area only (incl family, community, school for some in 1950 for most 1980) New (2010+)  Local area (as above)  BUT  Glocalisation via media (e.g. TV, new social media)  Growth of:  Music  Sport (for both male & female)  Technology (when innovations become appliances)  Homes, bedrooms as multi-media hubs & multi- tasking P Conway, PDE @ UCC 1
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  • 3. Statistics on family (CSO,2008 Family size children in 1981-2006:  1 or 2 child families increase: 77% (1) & 31% (2)  4, 5 or 6 child families decrease: 59%, 79% & 89% Family configuration: Single/dual parent  17.6% in single parent families (187,000 or 1 of 6 in 2006), 86% headed by women P Conway, PDE @ UCC 3
  • 4. Changing adolescents in achanging family systems More diverse family structures in Ireland (& other Western countries, Coleman, 2010) now than in past  Parental work patterns (changing - boom to bust), blended families, smaller, more single parent households, separation & divorce Issues:  Earlier “bio-psycho-social” maturity among adolescents,  e.g. pressure to be more independent earlier (Feldman, 2008)  Family boundaries & roles more changing blurred,e.g. adolescents as workers, online lives, access to money P Conway, PDE @ UCC 4
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  • 7. Wired youth: social world ofadolescents in information age "Its the cool thing to do. Its amazing how quickly it has taken off - a few months ago, no one had heard of it but now, its a bit weird if you havent got a page on Bebo." (Dublin teenager, 2006) In 2006, Ireland had highest uptake of Bebo globally among adolescents P Conway, PDE @ UCC 7
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  • 9. Digital life & families More than one thing at a time  Multi-tasking Knowers - digital natives  status of computer & knowledge about digital tools & family hierarchy  “When I took office, only high energy physicists had ever heard of the WWW…Now even my cat has its own page” (Bill Clinton, 1996) Family boundaries  Home as ‘safe’, ‘danger’ on the street? Expectation gaps  Using for HW or….?? P Conway, PDE @ UCC 9
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  • 11. Growing up digital I “Children are the epicentre of the information revolution, ground zero of the digital world” (Katz, 1997) Issues  Self, other & identity: Who?  Identity-work: ‘birds of a feather’  Face-to-face & virtual lives e.g. second self, Turkle, 1994  Digital natives & immigrants (Tapscott, 1998)  Time: How long?  Technology 20+ hrs/p/wk + multi-tasking P Conway, PDE @ UCC 11
  • 12. Growing up Digital II  Issues  Place & Space: Where?  In homes (3 modes): ‘children’s machine’, ‘interloper’ & ‘heart of the family’  On-line/off-line links, e.g. “facebook effect”  What?  “New patterns of communication, expression & motivation” (Mesch & Talmud, 2010)  “The internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow” (Bill Gates)  Web 2.0 from consumers to producers, e.g use of YouTube, new social media P Conway, PDE @ UCC 12