Activity: Talk or presentation types › Invited talk
Critical accounts of the parenting culture draw attention to the risk averse and over-protective nature of current childrearing practices. Digital technology has intensified this, making possible permanent surveillance of our children, and of ourselves as parents. Furthermore, the intersection of intergenerationality, brain science, and the digital draws attention to a fundamental shift in how we are asked to understand ourselves.
With reference to digital apps and the Black Mirror episode 'Arkangel', this presentation considers what the affordances of digital technology tell us about how the role of the parent is understood today, contributes to the idea of parenting as future risk prevention, and reminds us of aspects of our present that we, as the older generation, have not yet come to terms with.