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Family dynamics and internet use in Britain: what role do children play in adults' engagement with the internet?

Eynon, Rebecca and Helsper, Ellen (2015) Family dynamics and internet use in Britain: what role do children play in adults' engagement with the internet? Information, Communication and Society, 18 (2). pp. 156-171. ISSN 1369-118X

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Identification Number: 10.1080/1369118X.2014.942344

Abstract

The importance of considering the family context in the adoption and use of the Internet are well recognised. Supporters of the digital inclusion agenda often see children as a way to increase the digital skills and use of the Internet by parents and older adults. However, there is a limited amount of research that has explored whether this is really the case. Using two nationally representative survey data sets from Britain, this paper aims to better understand the links between children and adults' use of the Internet within the same household. In this paper, we ask what influence children have on adults' Internet use, skills and engagement. The paper concludes that while children might influence uptake, characteristics of the adult (for example. education, age and social capital) are more important in relation to their skills and engagement with the Internet.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformati...
Additional Information: © 2014 Taylor & Francis
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Sets: Departments > Media and Communications
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2014 08:51
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2019 02:02
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/59267

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