This text provides a survey of the relationship between children and those mass media found in the home--radio, television, and the Internet. Using a theory-based approach, with attention to developmental, gender, ethnic, and generational differences, author Rose M. Kundanis explores the nature of these relationships and their influences on children and families, looking at the experiences children have at various developmental ages and across generations. She reviews children's own experiences with media and examines the variety of effects that can operate due to children's perceptions at different ages, including fear, aggression, and sexuality. The text includes theory and research from mass communication, developmental psychology, education, and other areas, representing the broad spectrum of influences at work.
Features of this text include:
*side-bar interviews with teens who work in media and people who develop policy or programming for children's media;
*in-depth explanations of the Generational Theory and the Developmental Theory as they apply to children and the media, plus a survey of other applicable theories;
*description of the key points of the Children's Television Act of 1990, the Telecommunications Act of 1996, and other relevant legislation; and
*questions and activities to extend the exploration of topics.
This text will help students develop a critical understanding of the relationship of children and the media; the variables affecting and influencing children's response to media; the theories that explain and predict this relationship; and the ways in which children use the media and can develop media literacy. It is appropriate for courses at the advanced undergraduate and graduate level, including children and media, media literacy, mass communication and society, and media processes and effects, as well as special topics courses in education, communication, and psychology.
Table of Contents
Contents: Preface. Part I: Theoretical Context. Introduction. The Developing Child and Teen. Generations and History. Part II: Audience Reactions. Perceptions of Fantasy and Reality. Effects. Diverse Children Find Identity in Diverse Messages. Part III: Empowering Audiences. Role of Parents and Families. Media Literacy and Positive Effects. Policy and Law. Children's Programming.
"The author is to be admired for her commitment to the millennial generation, introducing them to the many issues relevant to children, 'tweens,' teens, and families in relation to mass media. Equally admirable is the desire to create media-savvy students capable of analyzing and weighing media content, reaching thoughtful conclusions, and writing with accuracy, depth, and insight. The blend of writing formats and styles-coupled with chapter-end summaries, further consideration tasks, and resources-moves well toward the analytical and expository goal. The overall work seems well suited for an introductory college writing course in which students are honoring their expository tools and skills within a relevant journalistic content area."
—American Journal of Psychology