Journal article

Infants, Interfaces, and Intermediation: Digital Parenting and the Production of "iPad Baby" Videos on YouTube

Bjorn Nansen, Darshana Jayemanne

Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2016


We investigate the ways young children’s use of mobile touchscreen interfaces is both understood and shaped by parents through the production of YouTube videos and discussions in associated comment threads. This analysis expands on, and departs from, theories of parental mediation, which have traditionally been framed through a media effects approach in analyzing how parents regulate their children’s use of broadcast media, such as television, within family life. We move beyond the limitations of an effects framing through more culturally and materially oriented theoretical lenses of mediation, considering the role mobile interfaces now play in the lives of infants through analysis of the wa..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by Australian Research Council (ARC)

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Australian Research Council (ARC) under Discovery Early Career Researcher Award grant number DE130100735.