1st Edition

Surveillance Futures Social and Ethical Implications of New Technologies for Children and Young People

By Emmeline Taylor, Tonya Rooney Copyright 2017
    216 Pages
    by Routledge

    214 Pages
    by Routledge

    From birth to adulthood, children now find themselves navigating a network of surveillance devices that attempt to identify, quantify, sort and track their thoughts, movements and actions. This book is the first collection to focus exclusively on technological surveillance and young people. Organised around three key spheres of children’s day-to-day life: schooling, the self and social lives, this book chronicles the increasing surveillance that children, of all ages, are subject to. Numerous surveillance apparatus and tools are examined, including, but not limited to: mobile phones, surveillance cameras, online monitoring, GPS and RFID tracking and big data analytics. In addition to chronicling the steady rise of such surveillance practices, the chapters in this volume identify and problematise the consequences of technological surveillance from a range of multidisciplinary perspectives. Bringing together leading scholars working across diverse fields – including sociology, education, health, criminology, anthropology, philosophy, media and information technology – the collection highlights the significant socio-political and ethical implications of technological surveillance throughout childhood and youth.



    Notes on Contributors

    1. Digital Playgrounds: Growing up in the Surveillance Age

    Emmeline Taylor and Tonya Rooney

    Part I

    Schooling and Education

    2. ‘If I Wanted to Be on Big Brother, I Would’ve Auditioned for It’: Examining the Media Representation of CCTV in Schools and the Impact of Visual Surveillance on Schoolchildren

    Emmeline Taylor

    3. Digital Health Goes to School: The Implications of Digitising Children’s Bodies

    Deborah Lupton and Michael Gard

    4. Calculating Children in the Dataveillance School: Personal and Learning Analytics

    Ben Williamson

    5. Teaching Us to Be ‘Smart’? The Use of RFID in Schools and the Habituation of Young People to Everyday Surveillance

    Emmeline Taylor

    Part II

    Self, Body and Movement

    6. Sexting and Young People: Surveillance and Childhood Sexuality

    Murray Lee and Thomas Crofts

    7. Media Discourses of Girls at Risk and the Domestication of Mobile Phone Surveillance

    Jacqueline Vickery

    8. ‘Where Are You, Who Are You With, What Are You Doing?’ Strategies of Negotiation and Resistance to Parental Surveillance via Mobile Phones

    Carol Barron

    9. The Ethical Concerns of Using GPS to Track Children

    Jessica Nihlén Fahlquist

    10. Childhood, Surveillance and mHealth Technologies

    Emma Rich

    Part III

    Social Lives and Virtual Worlds

    11. Spy Kids Too: Encounters with Surveillance through Games and Play

    Tonya Rooney

    12. World of Spycraft: Video Games, Gamification and Surveillance Creep

    Andrew Hope

    13. Terra Cognita: Surveillance of Young People’s Favourite Websites

    Valerie Steeves

    14. The Rise of Pre-emptive Surveillance: Unintended Social and Ethical Consequences

    Rosamunde Van Brakel


    Emmeline Taylor is a Senior Lecturer at the Australian National University and has been researching the rise of surveillance in educational institutions for over a decade. Emmeline’s research has been featured both on TV and Radio.

    Tonya Rooney is a Lecturer at the Australian Catholic University and has published widely on children and surveillance technologies, engaging in particular with themes of trust, risk and vulnerability.