Children and Families in the Digital Age
Learning Together in a Media Saturated Culture
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
Chapter 11: What’s Our Role? The Larger Landscape of Policy & Practice
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