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

ISBN 9781138238619
Published November 17, 2017 by Routledge
242 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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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