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The Routledge Companion to Digital Media and Children

ISBN 9780367559069
Published April 24, 2022 by Routledge
630 Pages

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Book Description

This companion presents the newest research in this important area, showcasing the huge diversity in children’s relationships with digital media around the globe, and exploring the benefits, challenges, history, and emerging developments in the field.

Children are finding novel ways to express their passions and priorities through innovative uses of digital communication tools. This collection investigates and critiques the dynamism of children's lives online with contributions fielding both global and hyper-local issues, and bridging the wide spectrum of connected media created for and by children. From education to children's rights to cyberbullying and youth in challenging circumstances, the interdisciplinary approach ensures a careful, nuanced, multi-dimensional exploration of children’s relationships with digital media.

Featuring a highly international range of case studies, perspectives, and socio-cultural contexts, The Routledge Companion to Digital Media and Children is the perfect reference tool for students and researchers of media and communication, family and technology studies, psychology, education, anthropology, and sociology, as well as interested teachers, policy makers, and parents.

Table of Contents


Lelia Green, Donell Holloway, Kylie Stevenson, Tama Leaver and Leslie Haddon



Creation of Knowledge

1 Child Studies Meets Digital Media: Rethinking the Paradigms

Natalie Coulter

2 Engaging in Ethical Research Partnerships with Children and Families

Madeleine Dobson

3 Platforms, Participation and Place: Understanding Young People’s Changing Digital Media Worlds

Heather Horst and luke gaspard

4 Methodological Issues in Researching Children and Digital Media

Rebekah Willett and Chris Richards

5 Young Learners in the Digital Age

Christine Stephen

6 Children Who Code

Jamie C. Macbeth, Michael J. Lee, Jung Soo Kim and Tony Boming Zhang

7 Young children’s creativity in digital possibility spaces: What might posthumanism reveal?

Kylie J. Stevenson

8 The Domestication of Touchscreen Technologies in Families with Young Children

Leslie Haddon

9 Grandparental Mediation of Children’s Digital Media Use

Nelly Elias, Dafna Lemish and Galit Nimrod


Digital Media Lives

10 Young Children’s Haptic Media Habitus

Bjorn Nansen

11 Early Encounters with Narrative: Two-Year-Olds and Moving-Image Media

Cary Bazalgette

12 Siblings Accomplishing Tasks Together: Solicited and Unsolicited Assistance when Using Digital Technology

Sandy Houen, Susan Danby and Pernilla Miller

13 Children as Architects of Their Digital Worlds

Joanne O’Mara, Linda Laidlaw and Suzanna So Har Wong

14 Teens’ Online and Offline Lives: How They Are Experiencing Their Sociability

Sara Pereira, Joana Fillol and Pedro Moura

15 Teens’ Fandom Communities: Making Friends and Countering Unwanted Contacts

Julián de la Fuente and Pilar Lacasa

16 Identity Exploration in Anonymous Online Spaces

Mary Anne Lauri and Lorleen Farrugia

17 Supervised Play: Intimate Surveillance and Children’s Mobile Media Usage

William Balmford, Larissa Hjorth and Ingrid Richardson

18 Challenging Adolescents’ Autonomy: An Affordances Perspective on Parental Tools

Bieke Zaman, Marije Nouwen and Karla Van Leeuwen



Complexities of Commodification

19 Children’s Enrolment in Online Consumer Culture

Ylva Ågren

20 The Emergence and Ethics of Child-Created Content as Media Industries

Benjamin Burroughs and Gavin Feller

21 Pre-school Stars on YouTube: Child Microcelebrities, Commercially Viable Biographies, and Interactions with Technology

Crystal Abidin

22 Balancing Privacy: Sharenting, Intimate Surveillance and the Right to be Forgotten

Tama Leaver

23 Parenting Pedagogies in the Marketing of Children’s Apps

Donell Holloway, Giovanna Mascheroni and Ashley Donkin

24 Digital Literacy/‘Dynamic Literacies’: Formal and Informal Learning Now and in the Emergent Future

John Potter

25 Being and Not Being: ‘Digital Tweens’ in a Hybrid Culture

Inês Vitorino Sampaio, Thinayna Máximo and Cristina Ponte

26 "Technically They’re Your Creations, but…": Children Making, Playing, and Negotiating User-Generated Content Games

Sara M. Grimes and Vinca Merriman

27 Marketing to Children Through Digital Media: Trends and Issues

Wonsun Shin


Children’s Rights

28 Child-Centred Policy: Enfranchising Children as Digital Policy-Makers

Brian O’Neill

29 Law, Digital Media and the Discomfort of Children’s Rights

Brian Simpson

30 No Fixed Limits? The Uncomfortable Application of Inconsistent Law to the Lives of Children Dealing with Digital Media

Brian Simpson

31 Children’s Agency in the Media Socialisation Process

Claudia Riesmeyer

32 Digital Citizenship in Domestic Contexts

Lelia Green

33 Digital Socialising in Children on the Autism Spectrum

Meryl Alper and Madison Irons

34 Disability, Children, and the Invention of Digital Media

Katie Ellis, Gerard Goggin and Mike Kent

35 Children’s Moral Agency in the Digital Environment

Joke Bauwens and Lien Mostmans

36 Children’s Rights in the Digital Environment: A Challenging Terrain for Evidence-Based Policy

Sonia Livingstone, Amanda Third and Gerison Lansdown


Changing and Challenging Circumstances

37 Caring Dataveillance: Women’s Use of Apps to Monitor Pregnancy and Children

Deborah Lupton

38 Digital Media and Sleep in Children

Alicia Allan and Simon Smith

39 Sick Children and Social Media

Ana Jorge, Lidia Marôpo and Raiana De Carvalho

40 Children’s Sexuality in the Context of Digital Media: Sexualisation, Sexting and Experiences with Sexual Content in a Research Perspective

Liza Tsaliki and Despina Chronaki

41 Digital Inequalities Amongst Digital Natives

Ellen J. Helsper

42 Street Children and Social Media: Identity Construction in the Digital Age

Marcela Losantos Velasco, Lien Mostmans and Guadalupe Peres-Cajías

43 Perspectives on Cyberbullying and Traditional Bullying: Same or Different?

Robin M. Kowalski and Annie McCord

44 Digital Storytelling: Opportunities for Identity Investment for Youth from Refugee Backgrounds

Lauren Johnson and Maureen Kendrick

45 Children, Death and Digital Media

Kathleen M. Cumiskey


Local Complexities in a Global Context

46 Very Young Children’s Digital Literacy: Engagement, Practices, Learning and Home-School-Community Knowledge Exchange in Lisbon, Portugal

Vítor Tomé and Maria José Brites

47 The Voices of African Children

Chika Anyanwu

48 Limiting the Digital in Brazilian Schools: Structural Difficulties and School Culture

Daniela Costa and Juliana Doretto

49 Australia and Consensual Sexting: The Creation of Child Pornography or Exploitation Materials?

Amy Shields Dobson

50 Revisiting Children’s Participation in Television: Implications for Digital Media Rights in Bangladesh

S M Shameem Reza and Ashfara Haque

51 Chinese Teen Digital Entertainment: Rethinking Censorship and Commercialisation in Short Video and Online Fiction

Xiang Ren

52 Sexual Images, Risk and Perception Among Youth – A Nordic Example

Elisabeth Staksrud

53 US-Based Toy Unboxing Production in Children’s Culture

Jarrod Walczer

54 The Role of Digital Media in the Lives of Some American Muslim Children, 2010–2019

Nahid Kabir

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Lelia Green is Professor of Communications at Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia.

Donell Holloway is a Senior Research Fellow at Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia.

Kylie Stevenson is a Research Associate and HDR Communication Adviser in the Centre for Learning and Teaching at Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia.

Tama Leaver is an Associate Professor in Internet Studies at Curtin University, Perth, Australia.

Leslie Haddon is a Senior Researcher and Lecturer in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.


"Really impressive in range, originality, coverage. A major contribution – fabulous work!"

-- Gerard Goggin, Wee Kim Wee Professor of Communication Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

"The Routledge Companion to Digital Media and Children contains an impressive lineup of scholars offering captivating insights into the lives of present-day children in a world aflush with digital media. Definitely a must read for scholars, parents, educators and policy makers alike. "

-- Andra Siibak, Professor of Media Studies, University of Tartu, Estonia

"This is an important and timely book that offers a range of significant insights into children's engagement with digital media. This complex topic is best addressed through an approach evident in this book - interdisciplinary and international in nature, with emphasis placed on the agency and rights of children. The range and scope of the book is outstanding, making The Routledge Companion to Digital Media and Children a must-read for all those interested in the digital lifeworlds of children in contemporary societies."

-- Jackie Marsh, Professor of Education, University of Sheffield, UK

"The Routledge Companion to Digital Media and Children provides a cutting edge look at the most important issues surrounding young people’s use of media. It is timely, coherent, thoughtful, and thought-provoking. I will most certainly keep this volume handy on my bookshelf as it is the kind of resource one turns to again and again for research, teaching, and inspiration."

-- Amy Jordan, Professor and Chair of Journalism and Media Studies, Rutgers University, USA