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As Katz explains, brokerism or brokering activities refer to "the ways that children facilitate their parents’ connections to and understandings of traditional and new communication technologies."

These brokering activities are often dynamic interplays between parents and children. Children may have the dexterity to use new gadgets, but bring less real-world knowledge to the media environment.

However, parents may also lack the experience and critical capacities needed to decode and evaluate media content (Strasburger & Wilson, 2002).

According to Katz (2007), "In low-income, immigrant families, however, children’s media brokering activities are often more central to family functioning and an important part of daily life" (Katz, 2007).