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Children, Adolescents, and Media
The future of research and action

ISBN 9781138234208
Published January 9, 2017 by Routledge
304 Pages

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Bringing together the leading researchers on children, adolescents, and the media, this books offers their cutting-edge, ‘big picture’ ideas for the future of research and scholarship in the field. Individual chapters focus on topics such as the role of big data in media research, digital literacy, parenting in the era of mobile media, media diversity in the digital age, the impact of media on child development, children’s digital rights, the implications of ‘intelligent’ characters and parasocial relationships, and the effectiveness of transmedia for informal education. Several chapters also explore the theoretical and methodological challenges facing children’s media researchers. Offering new directions for research, the contributors consider the implications of the changing media landscape for parents, educators, advocates, and producers. Leading scholars from North America, Europe and Asia, grounded in different theoretical and methodological traditions, join forces to discuss the impact of growing up in a media- saturated world, and to stimulate thinking about the field of children and media in unexpected ways. This book was originally published as two special issues of the Journal of Children and Media.

Table of Contents

Introduction  1. Reframing media effects in terms of children’s rights in the digital age  2. What kind of adults will our children become? The impact of growing up in a media-saturated world  3. Through the tablet glass: transcendent parenting in an era of mobile media and cloud computing  4. The child-effect in the new media environment: challenges and opportunities for communication research  5. Introducing positive media psychology to the field of children, adolescents, and media  6. Past tensions and future possibilities: ARCYP and children’s media studies  7. What’s next for research on young children’s interactive media?  8. Evaluating the utility of methodological assumptions in mass media effects research on children  9. Computational CAM: studying children and media in the age of big data  10. Measuring time spent with media: the Common Sense census of media use by US 8- to 18-year-olds 11. Grasping children’s media practices — theoretical and methodological challenges  12. Children’s media practices: challenges and dilemmas for the qualitative researcher  13. What ‘children’ experience and ‘adults’ may overlook: phenomenological approaches to media practice, education and research  14. Researching children, intersectionality, and diversity in the digital age  15. Children, the media, and the epistemic imperative of embodied vulnerability  16. Production studies, transformations in children’s television and the global turn  17. Researching CAM: our Herculean task  18. School librarians as stakeholders in the children and media community: a dialogue  19. Education and the mediated subject: what today’s teachers need most from researchers of youth and media  20. Moved into action. Media literacy as social process  21. "Someday you’ll have children just like you": what tomorrow’s parents can teach us about parental mediation research  22. Children’s future parasocial relationships with media characters: the age of intelligent characters  23. Media effects as health research: how pediatricians have changed the study of media and child development  24. Faraway, so close: why the digital industry needs scholars and the other way around  25. Five hundred years back and five years forward: games and play at a new crossroads  26. Building meaningful cross-sector partnerships for children and media initiatives: a conversation café with scholars and activists from around the world  Symposium  27. Transmedia in the service of education  28. Dramatic change, persistent challenges: a five-year view of children’s educational media as resources for equity  29. Designing media for cross-platform learning: developing models for production and instructional design  30. The role of research and evaluation in Ready to Learn transmedia development  31. Supporting children’s progress through the PBS KIDS learning analytics platform  32. Leveraging transmedia content to reach and support underserved children  33. Transmedia meets the digital divide: adapting transmedia approaches to reach underserved Hispanic families

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Dafna Lemish is the founding editor of the Journal of Children and Media and a prolific writer in this field. Her latest books include Children and Media: A Global Perspective (2015) and The Routledge International Handbook on Children, Adolescents and media (2013).

Amy Jordan is co-editor of the Journal of Children and Media and past president of the International Communication Association. Her latest book is Media and the Well-Being of Children and Adolescents (2015).

Vicky Rideout is a children’s media researcher and the reviews and commentary editor at the Journal of Children and Media. From 1997-2010 she was Vice President of the Kaiser Family Foundation. She currently runs her own consultancy, VJR Consulting, conducting research for non-profits, academic institutions, and media companies.