Parental Smartphone Use and “Bystander Ignorance” on Child Development

Eerik Mantere, Sanna Raudaskoski, Satu Valkonen

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Abstract

In this article, the hampering effects of smartphone use to concurrent face-to-face -interaction have been conceptualized as “Sticky Media Device”, and concern has been raised about parental smartphone use in particular. Why would parental smartphone use as a source of parental distraction differ from for example reading a book or fixing a coffee machine? We explain an aspect of smartphone use that is missing in other activities parents might engage in: the child cannot infer from the parent’s behavior, nor from the device, what type of action the parent is currently performing. By analyzing the affordances of smartphone use and referring to Tomasello's work on imitative learning, we propose that our new concept of “Bystander Ignorance” offers understanding to possible developmental consequences of parental smartphone use. Bystander Ignorance means the unawareness that a person interested in pursuing face-to-face interaction with a smartphone-user has about the aspects of the activity that the smartphone user is currently engaged in.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLes cultures médiatiques de l’enfance et de la petite enfance
EditorsMarlène Loicq, Aude Seurrat, Isabelle Féroc Dumez
Number of pages16
Place of PublicationParis
PublisherEditions du Centre d’études sur les Jeunes et les Médias
Publication dateSep 2018
Pages98-113
ISBN (Electronic)9782954948324
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2018
MoE publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
EventCultures médiatiques de l’enfance et de la petite enfance: Media cultures of early childhood – International Conference - 20, Avenue Georges Sand , 93210 La Plaine Saint Denis, Paris, France
Duration: 7 Apr 20168 Apr 2016

Fields of Science

  • 516 Educational sciences
  • Smartphones
  • child development
  • parent-child interaction
  • CONVERSATION ANALYSIS
  • attachment theory

Cite this

Mantere, E., Raudaskoski, S., & Valkonen, S. (2018). Parental Smartphone Use and “Bystander Ignorance” on Child Development. In M. Loicq, A. Seurrat, & I. Féroc Dumez (Eds.), Les cultures médiatiques de l’enfance et de la petite enfance (pp. 98-113). Paris: Editions du Centre d’études sur les Jeunes et les Médias.
Mantere, Eerik ; Raudaskoski, Sanna ; Valkonen, Satu. / Parental Smartphone Use and “Bystander Ignorance” on Child Development. Les cultures médiatiques de l’enfance et de la petite enfance. editor / Marlène Loicq ; Aude Seurrat ; Isabelle Féroc Dumez. Paris : Editions du Centre d’études sur les Jeunes et les Médias, 2018. pp. 98-113
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Mantere, E, Raudaskoski, S & Valkonen, S 2018, Parental Smartphone Use and “Bystander Ignorance” on Child Development. in M Loicq, A Seurrat & I Féroc Dumez (eds), Les cultures médiatiques de l’enfance et de la petite enfance. Editions du Centre d’études sur les Jeunes et les Médias, Paris, pp. 98-113, Cultures médiatiques de l’enfance et de la petite enfance, Paris, France, 07/04/2016.

Parental Smartphone Use and “Bystander Ignorance” on Child Development. / Mantere, Eerik; Raudaskoski, Sanna; Valkonen, Satu.

Les cultures médiatiques de l’enfance et de la petite enfance. ed. / Marlène Loicq; Aude Seurrat; Isabelle Féroc Dumez. Paris : Editions du Centre d’études sur les Jeunes et les Médias, 2018. p. 98-113.

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Mantere E, Raudaskoski S, Valkonen S. Parental Smartphone Use and “Bystander Ignorance” on Child Development. In Loicq M, Seurrat A, Féroc Dumez I, editors, Les cultures médiatiques de l’enfance et de la petite enfance. Paris: Editions du Centre d’études sur les Jeunes et les Médias. 2018. p. 98-113