Children's moral agency in the digital environment

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The digital environment is a crucial practice ground for children to explore ethical questions. Digital media, however, also produce instances of moral destabilisation. These observations come into dialogue to address how children navigate the ethical complicatedness of the digital environment. The lived experience of children growing up in the global north indicates that moral agency rests in negotiation between the ‘moral’ and the ‘social’ in terms of peer culture and dominant discourses of neoliberalism and risk-management. While gender differences may be evident, there is no systematic examination of questions about how other structural differentials interact with moral agency.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Companion to Digital Media and Children
EditorsLeila Green, Donell Holloway, Kylie Stevenson, Tama Leaver, Leslie Haddon
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)978-1-138-54434-5
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • children
  • morality
  • online
  • digital media
  • agency


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