Commentary: Technology, power and inequalities – achieving a humane approach to the digital divide – a commentary on Aboujaoude and Gega (2021)

Kim Holt*

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Abstract

This paper provides a critical reflection on how a myopic focus by researchers on internet addiction as a possible explanation for children’s behaviour has led to a missed opportunity to probe the impact of digital exclusion for children with a range of complex vulnerabilities. Holt reflects upon the work of Aboujaoude and Gega (2021), Missing the forest for the trees: How the focus on digital addiction diverted attention away from wider adverse effects. Screen time is far more complex; it’s use in child protection as a form of surveillance is linked to poverty, inequality and risk. Importantly, the focus of international research must explore both digital exclusion and how this can be managed, and the increased use of digital surveillance, to provide an important lens in respect of power and inequalities in society.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages3
JournalChild and Adolescent Mental Health
Early online date6 Sep 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 6 Sep 2021

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