Scuffle Over Mobile Phone Usage between Mothers and Their Techno Savvy Children in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka
Keywords:Mobile communication, Sri Lanka, Mothers, Gender, Social Media
The usage of mobile phones has become a contested area to understand contemporary power relations between parents and children. While the mainstream studies are focused on issues related to the ownership and use of mobile phones by children or on the reinforcement of mother’s childcare role, owning and using a mobile phone by a child is not yet totally approved or socially condoned in certain countries and societies due to cultural norms and various other prejudices. Yet, it is a universal phenomenon that being young means being techno savvy. Hence, this study is focused on the challenges faced by mothers in the usage of mobile phones by their techno savvy children, particularly because of their gendered roles as mothers and heads of households in a conservative patriarchal society in Sri Lanka. The findings indicate that only a few mothers had bought mobile phones for their children and mothers regarded mobile phones as a scapegoat for not doing studies well by the children because of their addiction to mobile games or probability of initiating forbidden romantic relationships.
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