2nd Edition

The Routledge International Handbook of Children, Adolescents, and Media

Edited By Dafna Lemish Copyright 2022
    592 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    592 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This second, thoroughly updated edition of The Routledge International Handbook of Children, Adolescents, and Media analyzes a broad range of complementary areas of study, including children as media consumers, children as active participants in media making, and representations of children in the media.

    The roles that media play in the lives of children and adolescents, as well as their potential implications for their cognitive, emotional, social, and behavioral development, have attracted growing research attention in a variety of disciplines. This handbook presents a collection that spans a variety of disciplines including developmental psychology, media studies, public health, education, feminist studies, and the sociology of childhood. Chapters provide a unique intellectual mapping of current knowledge, exploring the relationship between children and media in local, national, and global contexts.

    Divided into five parts, each with an introduction explaining the themes and topics covered, the Handbook features over 50 contributions from leading and upcoming academics from around the globe. The revised and new chapters consider vital questions by analyzing texts, audience, and institutions, including: 

    • media and its effects on children’s mental health
    • children and the internet of toys
    • media and digital inequalities
    • news and citizenship in the aftermath of COVID-19

    The Handbook’s interdisciplinary approach and comprehensive, current, and international scope make it an authoritative, state-of-the-art guide to the field of children’s media studies. It will be indispensable for media scholars and professionals, policy makers, educators, and parents.

    Introduction to the second edition. Children, Adolescents, and Media: Creating a shared scholarly arena — Dafna Lemish

    Part One: Childhoods and Constructions

    Editor’s Introduction

    1. The co-construction of media and childhood — Kirsten Drotner
    2. Representations of childhood in the media — Debbie Olson and Giselle Rampaul
    3. Examining the assumptions in research on children and media — Marina Krcmar
    4. Long-term trends in children’s consumption of media — Uwe Hasebrink and Ingrid Paus-Hasebrink
    5. Constructing children as consumers —David Buckingham and Rebekah Willett
    6. Feminist theory approaches to the study of children and media — Dafna Lemish
    7. Childhood, youth, and media globalization —Divya McMillin
    8. Childhood studies approaches to the study of children and media – Liam Berriman
    9. Part Two: Channels and Convergence

      Editor’s Introduction

    10. Children’s print culture: Tradition and innovation — Carol L. Tilley
    11. Children’s film culture — Stephanie Hemelryk Donald and Noel Brown
    12. Children’s television culture — Jeanette Steemers
    13. Children’s internet culture: Power, change, and vulnerability in twenty-first century childhood — Sonia Livingstone
    14. Children’s digital gaming culture — Pål Aarsand
    15. Mobile communication culture among children and adolescents — Rich Ling
    16. Children’s musical cultures: Industries and audiences —Ryan Bunch and Tyler Bickford
    17. Children and consumer culture — Kara Chan
    18. Social robots and children –Jochen Peter
    19. Children and the internet of toys – Francesca Stocco and Lelia Green
    20. Children’s technologized bodies: Mapping mixed reality — Meenakshi Gigi Durham
    21. Part Three: Concerns and Consequences

      Editor’s Introduction

    22. Information and communication technologies and wellbeing – Lenka Dedkova, Hana Machackova, and David Smahel
    23. Screen media, early cognitive development, and language: Babies learning from screens — Deborah L. Nichols
    24. Children’s media use and its relation to attention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity — Ine Beyens and Patti M. Valkenburg
    25. Media, imagination, and fantasy — Maya Götz
    26. Social media and creativity — Kylie Peppler and Maggie Dahn
    27. Media and emotional development — Nicole Martins and McCall Booth
    28. Media violence: Complex relationships between young people and texts — Erica Scharrer
    29. Media and sexual development — Chelly Maes and Laura Vandenbosch
    30. Media, body image, and eating disorders — Kristen Harrison and Valerie N. Kemp
    31. Media and obesity — Sandra L. Calvert and Bradley J. Bond
    32. Media and alcohol, tobacco, and drugs —Amy Bleakley and Morgan Ellithorpe
    33. Media and learning of the social world —Srividya Ramasubramanian and Patrick R. Johnson
    34. Children's citizenship and the news— Cynthia Carter
    35. Processes and impacts of political socialization — Erica Weintraub Austin and Shawn Domgaard
    36. Persuasive Messages and the development of advertising literacy in children and adolescents—Esther Rozendaal, Moniek Buijzen and Eva A. van Reijmersdal
    37. Representing and constructing gender in children and youth media— Sharon R. Mazzarella
    38. Internet media and peer sociability — Gustavo Mesch
    39. Media and children’s mental health – Anneleen Meeus and Steven Eggermont
    40. Part Four: Contexts and Communities

      Editor’s Introduction

    41. Media and the family context – Peter Nikken
    42. Media and peer culture: Youths sharing norms and collective identities with and through media — Sun Sun Lim
    43. Media and minority children — Diana Leon-Boys, Michelle M. Rivera, and Angharad N. Valdivia
    44. Immigrant children and media — Nelly Elias and Narmina Abdulaev
    45. Muslim youth: Representations and consumption – Ans De Nolf, Leen d’Haenens, and
    46. Willem Joris

    47. Children, media, and digital inequalities – Vikki S. Katz
    48. Media content for and research on children in low- and middle-income countries – Dina L.G Borzekowski
    49. Media and children with disabilities – Katherine Prendella and Meryl Alper
    50. Youth and participatory politics: Enhancing digital engagement through media literacy education — Tao Papaioannou
    51. Media, participation, and social change: Working within a "Youth as Knowledge Producers" framework — Jean Stuart and Claudia Mitchell
    52. Part Five: Collaborations and Companions

      Editor’s Introduction

    53. Media policies for children: Issues and histories in the US – Norma Pecora
    54. The intricate play of protecting and promoting home-grown children’s screen content— Katalin Lustyik
    55. Children and advertising policies in the U.S. and beyond — Amy Beth Jordan and Alyvia Walters
    56. Policies for the digital environment: Online safety and empowerment in a global context — Brian O’Neill
    57. Learning from educational television among preschool and school-age children— Shalom M. Fisch
    58. New media and informal learning — Becky Herr Stephenson
    59. Media literacy — Renee Hobbs
    60. Media influences and the medical community in the U.S. — Michael Rich
    61. Bridging scholarship and the media industry: How public broadcasting works with academia — Linda Simensky
    62. Determining quality in children’s media — Alexis R. Lauricella, Morgan Russo, Michael B. Robb, and Ellen Wartella
    63. International initiative of bridging scholarship and media industry – the case of the Prix Jeunesse – Maya Götz and Kirsten Schneid

    Afterword: The invisible children and media and the future of our research – Dafna Lemish and Amy Jordan


    Dafna Lemish is a Distinguished Professor and Associate Dean at the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University. The founding editor of the Journal of Children and Media and a Fellow of the International Communication Association, she is a prolific scholar of children and media.