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Worried About the Wrong ThingsYouth, Risk, and Opportunity in the Digital World$
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Jacqueline Ryan Vickery

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262036023

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262036023.001.0001

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Negotiating Control: Distractions, Stress, and Boredom

Negotiating Control: Distractions, Stress, and Boredom

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Worried About the Wrong Things

Jacqueline Ryan Vickery

The MIT Press

This chapter compares two competing discourses about the role of mobile media at school: adults’ expectations of control and students’ expectations of trust and negotiation. Controlling or banning mobile media at school is typically justified as a necessary way to minimize distractions or stress. Rather than banning mobile phones and media all together, this chapter argues that schools should help students set healthy boundaries. Second, it demonstrates how students view mobile media as a necessary and beneficial tool for learning. They negotiate restrictions to alleviate boredom, stay connected to peers, and to enhance learning. The chapter concludes with ways schools and students can work together to develop digital literacies that minimize risks and enhance the educational potentials of mobile media.

Keywords:   mobile media, cell phones, rules, classroom, digital literacy, learning, school, expectations, policies, peers

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