FromThe Flintstones to

How Technology is Sprocketing the American Family into the New Millennum

by Julie Carvey, Michael Johnson, Leslie Simon, Jason Stewart

"Yum, it's been lightyears since you programmed synthetic brownies..." -George Jetson

        The technology is changing. However, what George Jetson failed to realize is that American family has,  too. The traditional nuclear family from the 1950's has evolved. Family demographics, interpersonal relationships, parenting styles, and even gender roles have progressed. Although the method of making brownies has advanced, the brownie-making reponsibility is no longer the sole responsibility of Jane ("his wife"). In fact, it is now acceptable for Judy to be interested in computers, too. Children's computer skills, such as Elroy's, are becoming better developed than their parents'. Unfortunately, this creates a new struggle for parents concerning their children's technology use and safety on the Internet. Indeed, times have changed.

 Child-Parent Dynamics in the CyberAge
     While the new media of computer technology is making it easier for children to appropriate a more global awareness, it is also heightening their vulnerability to many of the noxious elements of cyberspace, a necessary but unfortunate consequence of free expression on the Internet. As parents are becoming more computer-savvy and realistic in their approaches to this issue, they are finding out that the Web offers a wonderful opportunity for them to connect with their children and empower them in the world of cyberspace.

Computer and Internet Demographics
     Computer and Internet use is rising at an outstanding rate.  The reason for this increase is the fact that both technologies are becoming more accessible and affordable to the public.  The boom from these technologies will allow many advantages to come, but with the benefits of this powerful and everchanging media comes downfalls.


The Cyber-Struggle Between Parents and Children
     There are many dangers on the Internet from which parents need to protect their children.  However, how much control is too much? It is important to understand different control styles parents have over their children and and the consequences of their actions. Here we explore the problems, power conflicts, and constructive solutions of building and balancing healthy parent/child/computer relationships.


Gender Roles in Cyberspace
     Children learn from an early age what it means to be a 'boy' or a 'girl.'  However, the recent boom of the Internet seems to be a medium that shields the user from actual contact and consequence regarding gender, right? Wrong. With the invasion of Internet technology and cyberspace as such a powerful means of communication, the anonymity of the user is becoming harder to mask.  Communication styles defined in reality are seeping into cyberspace, organizing a user's behavior, interaction, and nativagation by gender-specific cues.


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This project was produced for Psy 380, Social Psychology of Cyberspace, Spring 1999,  at Miami UniversityAll graphics in these pages are used with permission or under fair use guidelines, are in the public domain,  or were created by the authors.  Last revised: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 17:34:16.   This document has been accessed 1  times since April 15, 2002.  Comments & Questions to R. Sherman