Children, media and parenting in the COVID-19 pandemic (Pandemic parenting)

About the project

The pandemic has changed childhood to digital by default. Given changes in domestic media practices, where everything happens through digital platforms, this international comparative research project seeks to understand how parents and caregivers regulate media, understand advice about media, and articulate what it means to create the conditions for a good childhood in relation to media practices in the home.

Project aims

  • understand changes in children’s media practices in response to the pandemic as described by parents/caregivers
  • understand what parents/caregivers imagine for future media practices in the home
  • understand changes in ideas around digital media in relation to the regulation of media practices in the home

Project design

This qualitative inquiry is being conducted in seven countries: Australia, China, UK, US, South Korea, Canada and Colombia. 20 participants per country are being recruited and data generated by the following methods:

  • online surveys x 140 – collecting contextual data to inform analysis of interview data
  • 45-minute audio-recorded interviews x 140 (20 x 7 countries) – to be transcribed and thematically analysed
  • visual data/images x 140 (20 x 7 countries) – to be curated into an image quilt and a virtual exhibition space threaded with excerpts from interview data

Additional Investigators

  • Dr Becky Coles, Deakin University, Australia
    Associate Professor Natalie Coulter, York University, Canada
    Dr Diana García Gómez, George Mason University, United States
    Dr Amie Kim, Gyeongin National University of Education, South Korea
    Ju Lim, University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States
    Maureen Mauk, University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States
    Lindsay Sheppard, York University, Canada
    Jess Williams, Deakin University, Australia


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