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
2 Engaging in Ethical Research Partnerships with Children and Families
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
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
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
11 Early Encounters with Narrative: Two-Year-Olds and Moving-Image Media
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
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
22 Balancing Privacy: Sharenting, Intimate Surveillance and the Right to be Forgotten
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
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
28 Child-Centred Policy: Enfranchising Children as Digital Policy-Makers
29 Law, Digital Media and the Discomfort of Children’s Rights
30 No Fixed Limits? The Uncomfortable Application of Inconsistent Law to the Lives of Children Dealing with Digital Media
31 Children’s Agency in the Media Socialisation Process
32 Digital Citizenship in Domestic Contexts
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
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
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
52 Sexual Images, Risk and Perception Among Youth – A Nordic Example
53 US-Based Toy Unboxing Production in Children’s Culture
54 The Role of Digital Media in the Lives of Some American Muslim Children, 2010–2019
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