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Overview

Cyber-bullying, sexting, and the effects that violent video games have on children are widely discussed and debated. With a renowned international group of researchers and scholars, the Second Edition of the Handbook of Children and the Media covers these topics, is updated with cutting-edge research, and includes comprehensive analysis of the field for students and scholars. This revision examines the social and cognitive effects of new media, such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Skype, iPads, and cell phones, and how children are using this new technology. This book summarizes the latest research on children and the media and suggests directions for future research. This book also attempts to provide students with a deliberate examination of how children use, enjoy, learn from, and are advantaged or disadvantaged by regular exposure to television, new technologies, and other electronic media.
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Editorial Reviews

Contemporary Psychology
"The Handbook provides an excellent overview of research on children's media. The level of detail of most chapters is astonishing. Many chapters are superbly written and provide research summaries accessible to all audiences. . . . The encyclopedic scope of the Handbook makes it the most comprehensive resource available about all aspects of children's media. . . . Dorothy and Jerome Singer deserve praise for their excellent introductions to each part of the handbook and their concluding remarks. . . .The Handbook is a testimony to their standing as leaders in the field of children's media. "
Choice Magazine
"An authoritative overview of media effects on children and adolscents . . . Singer and Singer anchor each section with a preliminary overview, a conclusion, and references at the end of each chapter. This readable handbook is certain to be an important resource for students, scholars, and researchers in a variety of disciplines. "
CHOICE

"An authoritative overview of media effects on children and adolscents . . . Singer and Singer anchor each section with a preliminary overview, a conclusion, and references at the end of each chapter. This readable handbook is certain to be an important resource for students, scholars, and researchers in a variety of disciplines."

CONTEMPORARY PSYCHOLOGY

"The Handbook provides an excellent overview of research on children's media. The level of detail of most chapters is astonishing. Many chapters are superbly written and provide research summaries accessible to all audiences. . . . The encyclopedic scope of the Handbook makes it the most comprehensive resource available about all aspects of children's media. . . . Dorothy and Jerome Singer deserve praise for their excellent introductions to each part of the handbook and their concluding remarks. . . .The Handbook is a testimony to their standing as leaders in the field of children's media."

CHOICE
"An authoritative overview of media effects on children and adolscents . . . Singer and Singer anchor each section with a preliminary overview, a conclusion, and references at the end of each chapter. This readable handbook is certain to be an important resource for students, scholars, and researchers in a variety of disciplines."
CONTEMPORARY PSYCHOLOGY

"The Handbook provides an excellent overview of research on children's media. The level of detail of most chapters is astonishing. Many chapters are superbly written and provide research summaries accessible to all audiences. . . . The encyclopedic scope of the Handbook makes it the most comprehensive resource available about all aspects of children's media. . . . Dorothy and Jerome Singer deserve praise for their excellent introductions to each part of the handbook and their concluding remarks. . . .The Handbook is a testimony to their standing as leaders in the field of children's media. "

VOYA
This sturdy hardcover by two well-known Yale psychologists could easily become the classic textbook on the effects of media on children. The impressive work is divided into three parts—The Popular Media as Educators and Socializers of Growing Children; Forging the Media Environment for the Future: The Media Industry and Its Technology; and Policy Issues and Advocacy. Respected academics or children's advocates contribute each of the thirty-nine chapters, writing in scholarly prose and often including charts, graphs, study results, and current statistics. The chapter subjects range from current hot topics such as gender roles on television, children and advertising, and the impact of video games and the Internet on children's socialization skills, to more esoteric issues, including television's role as an incidental language teacher and the history of children's advocacy groups. The editors provide a cogent introduction and afterword along with a brief summary of each chapter, an excellent index, and an alphabetical list of short contributor biographies. The scholarly nature of the articles and the fact that many read like excerpts from respected educational journals might render them less accessible to high school students than to college or graduate students in education, advertising, communications, or related fields. Nevertheless the chapters on the hot topics mentioned above might be useful to high school students studying similar subjects. The book's high price is sure to give smaller libraries pause, but the excellent scholarship, contemporary relevance, and attractive design make this text worth purchasing for large public library reference collections that serve highschool and university students. Index. Illus. Phtos. Charts. Source Notes. 2000, Sage Publications, 783p. PLB . Ages 16 to Adult. Reviewer: Leah J. Sparks SOURCE: VOYA, April 2001 (Vol. 24, No.1)
Booknews
Concerns over the escalation of experience mediated through the electronic media generated this review of the research on their effects on child development and literacy. Experts scan issues in 39 chapters organized into sections on the popular media as educators and socializers, future directions of the media industry/technology, and policy issues and advocacy groups. Part 1 discusses how youngsters use these technologies and what needs they appear to gratify. Parts 2 and 3 focus on the broader social impact of media environments, including the online children's consumer culture and adults as models and monitors of healthy media habits. The Singers co-direct the Yale U. Family Television Research and Consultation Center. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761919544
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 10/3/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 784
  • Product dimensions: 7.18 (w) x 10.26 (h) x 1.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Dorothy G. Singer, is retired Senior Research Scientist, Department of Psychology, Yale University. Dr. Singer is also Co-Director, with Jerome L. Singer, of the Yale University Family Television Research and Consultation Center affiliated with the Zigler Center for Child Development and Public Policy. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. Her research and publications are in the area of early childhood development, television effects on youth, and parent training in imaginative play. She received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2006, and in 2009, the Award for Distinguished Lifetime Contributions to Media Psychology from the American Psychological Association.

Jerome L. Singer is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Yale University and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. His specialty is research on the psychology of imagination and daydreaming. Dr. Singer has authored articles on thought processes, imagery, personality, psychotherapy, children's play, and the effects of television. He has been President of the Division of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts in the American Psychological Association. In 2008, he was awarded the Rudolf Arnheim Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts from the American Psychological Association, and in 2009, the Paul Farnsworth Award for Lifetime Contribution and Service, Division 10, American Psychological Association.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Why a Handbook on Children and the Media?
Acknowledgments
Pt. I The Popular Media As Educators and Socializers of Growing Children: Preliminary Comments From the Editors 1
1 The History of Children's Use of Electronic Media 7
2 Free Reading: Implications for Child Development 29
3 The Use of Television and Other Film-Related Media 47
4 New Forms of Electronic Media: The Impact of Interactive Games and the Internet on Cognition, Socialization, and Behavior 73
5 Attention, Comprehension, and the Educational Influences of Television 101
6 Television and the Child's Developing Imagination 121
7 Television as Incidental Language Teacher 135
8 Creating Vigilance for Better Learning From Television 153
9 Prosocial Effects on Children's Social Interactions 183
10 The Media and Children's Fears, Anxieties, and Perceptions of Danger 207
11 Effects of Televised Violence on Aggression 223
12 Media Violence in Cross-Cultural Perspective: A Global Study on Children's Media Behavior and Some Educational Implications 255
13 Research on Sex in the Media: What Do We Know About Effects on Children and Adolescents? 269
14 Sex in the Media: Theory, Influences, and Solutions 289
15 Mass Media and Identity Development 309
16 Media and the Family 323
17 Television's Gender Role Images and Contribution to Stereotyping: Past, Present, Future 341
18 Television, Children, and Multicultural Awareness: Comprehending the Medium in a Complex Multimedia Society 359
19 Children and Television Advertising 375
20 Popular Music in Childhood and Adolescence 395
21 Children, Adolescents, Drugs, and the Media 415
22 Television Food Advertising: Targeting Children in a Toxic Environment 447
23 Television and Morality 463
Pt. II Forging the Media Environment for the Future: The Media Industry and Its Technology: Preliminary Comments From the Editors 475
24 The Economic Structure of the Commercial Electronic Children's Media Industries 477
25 Broadcast Networks and the Children's Television Business 495
26 Serving the Very Young and the Restless: Children's Programming on Public Television 507
27 PRIX JEUNESSE as a Force for Cultural Diversity 521
28 Cable Television: Gateway to Educational Resources for Development at All Ages 533
29 Children, the Internet, and Other New Technologies 547
30 Hazards and Possibilities of Commercial TV in the Schools 557
31 The Role of Research in Educational Television 571
Pt. III Policy Issues and Advocacy: Preliminary Comments From the Editors 587
32 Children and Media Policy 589
33 Industry Standards and Practices: Compliance With the Children's Television Act 605
34 Child and Parent Responses to the Age-Based and Content-Based Television Ratings 621
35 Digital Kids: The New On-Line Children's Consumer Culture 635
36 Public Policy and Private Practice: Government Regulations and Parental Control of Children's Television Use in the Home 651
37 Parents and Other Adults: Models and Monitors of Healthy Media Habits 663
38 Media Literacy and Critical Television Viewing in Education 681
39 Children's Advocacy Groups: A History and Analysis 699
A Final Word From the Editors 721
Index 727
About the Editors and Contributors 755
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