1st Edition

Children and Families in the Digital Age Learning Together in a Media Saturated Culture

Edited By Elisabeth Gee, Lori Takeuchi, Ellen Wartella Copyright 2018
    242 Pages
    by Routledge

    242 Pages
    by Routledge

    Children and Families in the Digital Age offers a fresh, nuanced, and empirically-based perspective on how families are using digital media to enhance learning, routines, and relationships. This powerful edited collection contributes to a growing body of work suggesting the importance of understanding how the consequences of digital media use are shaped by family culture, values, practices, and the larger social and economic contexts of families’ lives. Chapters offer case studies, real-life examples, and analyses of large-scale national survey data, and provide insights into previously unexplored topics such as the role of siblings in shaping the home media ecology.

    Chapter 1: Introduction

    Ellen Wartella, Elisabeth Gee, Michael Levine

    Section 1: Child Engagement

    Chapter 2: Digital Media as a Catalyst for Learning

    Brigid Barron & June Lee

    Chapter 3: The Influence of Siblings on the Digital Media Ecology of Children

    Elisabeth Gee, Lori Takeuchi, Sinem Siyahhan, Jason Yip, Briana Pressey

    Chapter 4: Collecting and Connecting: How Young People Learn with Digital Media in Homes

    Katie Headrick Taylor, Deborah Silvis, & Reed Stevens

    Section 2: Parent Engagement

    Chapter 5: Hispanic Parents: Parenting Support and Social Networks

    Alexis R. Lauricella, Briana Pressey, Rocio Almanza-Guillen, & Ellen Wartella

    Chapter 6: Connecting with Technology: Forging Home-School Linkages by Partnering with


    Vikki Katz & Carmen Gonzalez

    Chapter 7: What Makes Media Educational? Learning from Parents and Children

    Sinem Siyahhan, Carmen Gonzalez, Jason Yip, & June Lee

    Section 3: Family Engagement

    Chapter 8: Information Search & Brokering

    Jason Yip, Vikki Katz & Carmen Gonzalez

    Chapter 9: Joint Media Engagement around Ethnic Media

    Lori Takeuchi, Briana Pressey, Kristen Kohm, Carmen Gonzales, Rocio Almanza-Guillen, & Vikki Katz

    Chapter 10: Immigrant Families’ Use of Technology to "Bridge" Home and School

    Amber Levinson

    Chapter 11: What’s Our Role? The Larger Landscape of Policy & Practice

    Michael Levine


    Elisabeth Gee is Delbert & Jewell Lewis Chair in Reading & Literacy and Professor at Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University, USA.

    Lori M. Takeuchi is Senior Director & Research Scientist at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, USA.

    Ellen Wartella is Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani Professor of Communication and Director, Center on Media and Human Development at Northwestern University, USA.

    "This interdisciplinary book is bound to become a classic in studies of family media and learning. Educators and parents will appreciate the compelling stories and rich information that illuminates how families are navigating media and learning in an increasingly global society."

    —Lynn Schofield Clark, author of The Parent App: Understanding Families in a Digital Age

    "Children and Families in the Digital Age offers valuable insights into the many experiences children have with media. With an all-star cast of contributors, Gee, Takeuchi, and Wartella bring cutting edge research to bear on critical issues of our day, including: how children learn from media, what role parents play in shaping children's mediated experiences (and what role children play in shaping parents' mediated experiences!), and how we can provide better support for families as they navigate the digital era."

    —Amy Jordan, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, USA