“To Prohibit or Permit”: Strategies of Parental Behaviour in Relation to Children’s Video Games in Today’s Russia

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The article analyses the results of the exploratory empirical research of children’s video game practice. Based on the analysis of semi-structured interviews, as well as observation diaries on the theme of children’s game socialization, particularly the interaction of children, their peers, parents concerning video games, some conclusions about parenting strategies practiced in contemporary St. Petersburg’s families are made. It was found that the rapid expansion of computer games produces the parent’s fears associated with a lack of understanding of the consequences of the video games impact on children. One of the main results is the conclusion that the parental legitimation of practices is in many ways inherited from and reproduces the Soviet attitudes towards parenting and children. Some statements, such as the 15-minute rule (allowing the use of computer per set), view of a computer as a cause of aggression and alienation, are axiomatized. However, it goes hand in hand with a (neo)liberal rhetoric in relation to the use of a computer.
Translated title of the contribution”Запретить нельзя разрешить": стратегии родительского поведения в отношении детских видеоигр в современной России
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSHS Web of Conferences
Subtitle of host publicationThe International Scientific and Practical Conference “Current Issues of Linguistics and Didactics: The Interdisciplinary Approach in Humanities and Social Sciences” (CILDIAH-2018)
PublisherEDP Sciences
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 2018

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