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.
"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
1. Introduction Section 1: Child Engagement 2. Media as a Catalyst for Children’s Engagement in Learning at Home and Across Settings 3. The Influence of Siblings on the Digital Media Ecology of Latino Children 4. Collecting and Connecting: Intergenerational Learning with Digital Media Section 2: Parent Engagement 5. Digital Media as a Parenting Support Tool for Hispanic Families in the United States 6. Responding to Classroom Change: How Low-Income Latino Parents View Technology’s Impacts on Student Learning 7. What Makes Media Educational? Learning from Latino Parents and Children Section 3: Family Engagement, Section Editor: Amber Levinson 8. Children of Immigrants’ Experiences in Online Information Brokering 9. Daddy Loves Dora and Mamma Loves Drama: Ethnic Media as Intergenerational Boundary Objects 10. Latino Immigrant Families Bridging Home and School Learning with TechnologyAppendix: Study Methods