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Understanding The Everyday Digital Lives of Children and Young People

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  • Uses participatory methodologies that engage children and young people as co-researchers
  • Analyses how we can enhance cooperation between the home, schools, and the wider community
  • Links to SDGs as these are closely related to the current digital transformations taking place globally
  • This book is open access, which means that you have free and unlimited access

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Table of contents (16 chapters)

  1. From Established to New Perspectives on Children and Young People’s Use of Digital Technology

  2. Exploring Agency and Well-being in Everyday Digital Lives

  3. A New Response to Risk and Vulnerability: Influencing Social Policy in the Digital Age


About this book

This Open Access book presents an in-depth portrait of the use and impact of digital technologies by learners ages 5-18 years in their everyday lives. The portrait is framed by the ecological-systems theory and situated across four domains: home, leisure time, education, and civic participation. Various methodological approaches are used in innovative ways to analyze data collected in a large-scale EU Horizon 2020 project. The purpose of this edited collection is to shed light on both beneficial and harmful effects of digital technology from a perspective that children are active agents who are empowered to accentuate the positives of digital technology use and over common challenges that inhibit digital competence with support from education stakeholders.

This is an open access book.

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Primary and Secondary Teacher Education, OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University, Oslo, Norway

    Halla Holmarsdottir, Idunn Seland

  • NOVA–Norwegian Social Research Institute, OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University, Oslo, Norway

    Christer Hyggen

  • Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania

    Maria Roth

About the editors

Halla B. Holmarsdottir is Professor at the Faculty of Education and International Studies, Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway.

Idunn Seland is associate professor at the Faculty of Education and International Studies, Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway.

Christer Hyggen is Research professor at the department of Youth research under the Centre for Welfare and Labour Research, Norwegian Social research at Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway. 

Maria Roth is a Professor Emerita at from Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Understanding The Everyday Digital Lives of Children and Young People

  • Editors: Halla Holmarsdottir, Idunn Seland, Christer Hyggen, Maria Roth

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2024

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-46928-2Published: 01 March 2024

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-46931-2Published: 01 March 2024

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-46929-9Published: 29 February 2024

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXXI, 533

  • Number of Illustrations: 10 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Sociology of Family, Youth and Aging, Sociology of Culture, Digital/New Media, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

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