Children in the Digital Age: Influences of Electronic Media on Development / Edition 1

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Television will be interactive, computers will provide feature-length motion pictures and TV programs, and information will be delivered like never before. Access to digital technologies is rapidly changing how children experience media, and how technologies will impact children's development, and is making media an increasingly active gateway for experiencing and learning about the world. This volume considers how children use media today, and how new media is emerging and merging with existing technologies. The distinctive features of both older and newer media are examined, along with why these technologies are attractive to children and adolescents.

An interdisciplinary group of scholars from the fields of psychology, communication, sociology, and linguistics examine the effect of media experiences on children's social, cognitive, familial, and consumerist experiences. Social policy implications of media effects are also considered.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275976521
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/30/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

SANDRA L. CALVERT is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Children and Media Project at Georgetown University.

AMY B. JORDAN is Senior Research Investigator at the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.

RODNEY R. COCKING was Program Director of Developmental and Learning Sciences in the Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences at the National Science Foundation before his death in 2002.

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Table of Contents

Introduction by Ellen A. Wartella
Media Usage Patterns
The Impact of Computer Use on Children's and Adolescents' Development by Kaveri Subrahmanyam, Patricia Greenfield, Robert Kraut, and Elisheva Gross
American Children's Use of Electronic Media in 1997: A National Survey by John C. Wright, et al.
Behavioral Effects of Media
Identity Construction on the Internet by Sandra Calvert
Adolescents, the Internet, and Health: Issues of Access and Content by Dina L. G. Borzekowski and Vaughn I. Rickert
Political Socialization in the Digital Age: The Student Voices Program by Emory H. Woodard IV and Kelly L. Schmitt
Violent Video Games and Aggressive Thoughts, Feelings, and Behaviors by Craig Anderson
Cognitive Effects of Media
We Have These Rules Within: The Effects of Exercising Voice in a Children's Online Forum by Justine Cassell
Developmental Implications of Commercial Broadcasters' Educational Offerings by Amy B. Jordan, Kelly L. Schmitt, and Emory H. Woodard IV
Children's Online Reports about Educational and Informational Television Programs by Sandra L. Calvert, et al.
The Animal Watch Project: Creating an Intelligent Computer Mathematics Tutor by Carole R. Beal and Ivon Arroyo
Family and Consumer Media Models
The Development of a Child into a Consumer by Patti M. Valkenburg and Joanne Cantor
Family Boundaries, Commercialism, and the Internet: A Framework for Research by Joseph Turow
A Family Systems Approach to Examining the Role of the Internet in the Home by Amy B. Jordan
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