Book Title: Critical Perspectives on Technology and the Family

Author: Susan K. Walker

Book Description: As Information and Communications Technology (ICT) evolve families and the professionals who work with them are best armed with tools that enable their intentional use. This comprehensive text offers a balanced perspective of family life, member development and relationships, and professional use through contemporary research, learning activities and more.

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Book Description

From the perspective of a long time family practitioner, researcher, and educator, and technology innovator, this textbook offers the first comprehensive view of technology in the family for college students, professionals and the public. Each chapter offers content and a complete reference list, learning activities, ideas for critical blog posting and additional readings. The beginning chapters cover foundational information about our societal use of information and communications technology, family theories and ways of understanding families, and how families differ in their use and access to ICT. The main body of the book (chapters 4-10) covers elements of the family from couple relationships and dating apps, to children’s use and impacts on development from early childhood through young adulthood, use by parents and in the parent-child relationship, shared use by family members, and then topics important to family life: work-family balance and health and financial management and technology. The end of the book pivots to look closely at use by family professionals, the competencies needed to integrate technology into practice, and policy as a proactive and systemic avenue for change. End of book material include an additional reading list and recommended web content, social media and thought leaders. The authors lends her ideas on teaching for critical thinking with an overview at the beginning of the book, and classroom assessment ideas (actually short ways to engage learners in critical thinking activities).


Susan K. Walker



Sociology: family and relationships


Critical Perspectives on Technology and the Family
Susan K. Walker
Primary Subject
Sociology: family and relationships
Additional Subject(s)
Information technology: general topics, Children’s / Teenage general interest: Computing and Information Technology, Educational: Child care / Child development, Age groups: adolescents, Age groups: children, Relationships and families: advice and issues, Media studies: internet, digital media and society
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing
Publication Date
November 14, 2022
Ebook ISBN