The Handbook of Parenting brings together in a single volume much of the theoretical and empirical knowledge and aspects of professional activity within the broadly defined field of parenting. Contributions are presented from an internationally renowned group of scholars known for their work in a range of disciplines, including child and family psychology, education and family studies, providing an accessible map of the major debates in theory, research and practice in this important and exciting field. The material is presented comprehensively. It encompasses essential policy and professional issues in all the main areas of current concern from parenting in culturally divergent settings, to parenting children with special needs in areas of physical, mental, social and educational functioning, to looking at ways in which the wider community and technological advances may be able to provide parenting support. Published in a single-volume format, this handbook will prove an invaluable and essential resource. Academics, researchers, practitioners and advanced students in a host of disciplines will gain from its breadth, wealth of information and enormous insight into the principal issues related to parenting theory and practice in the 21st century. The distinctive contribution of this handbook is to present a vast body of research and other information in a manner that is usable by practitioners in a wide range of child and parental support activities.




This chapter will introduce you to the concept of ‘e-parenting’ and the profound impact that emerging technologies will have on parents, children, and those of us who work with families. It is hoped that by the time you finish reading this chapter you will have a greater understanding of e-parenting and agree that this is a topic of growing importance and one that warrants the attention of professionals in the field of parenting.


In recent years terms such as ‘e-mail’ and ‘e-business’ have become part of our common language. The emergence of such terms clearly reflects our society's growing use of electronic technology. While the electronic age has already begun, we are just in the early stages of this technological revolution. Futurist Alvin Toffler (2000) ...

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