Young People and New Media: Childhood and the Changing Media Environment

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We can no longer imagine leisure, or the home, without media and communication technologies, and for the most part, we would not want to. Yet as worldwide the television screen in the family home is set to become the site of a multimedia culture integrating telecommunications, broadcasting, computing and video, many questions arise concerning their place in our daily lives.

Young People and New Media offers an invaluable up-to-date account of children and young people's changing media environment at the end of the twentieth century. By locating the insights drawn from a major empirical research reported in Young People, New Media within a survey of the burgeoning but fragmented research literature on ne

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Editorial Reviews

Livingstone reports on a study designed to update that reported in Himmelweit et al.'s (1958), which examined the place of the new medium in children's lives then. Both studies were conducted at the London School of Economics, but significant changes in conditions and concepts prevented exact duplication of the earlier one. Among the perspectives are the changing media environment, the diffusion and appropriation of new media, leisure and lifestyle, the media-rich home, families living together separately, and changing literacies. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761964667
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 7/9/2002
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Sonia Livingstone is Professor of Social Psychology and Head of the
Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and
Political Science. Her research examines children, young people and the internet; social and family contexts and uses of ICT; media and digital literacies; the mediated public sphere; audience reception for diverse television genres; internet use and policy; public understanding of communications regulation; and research methods in media and communications.

She is author or editor of fourteen books and many academic articles and chapters. Recent books include Young People and New Media
(Sage, 2002), Audiences and Publics (edited, Intellect, 2005), The Handbook of New Media (edited, with
Leah Lievrouw, Sage, 2006), Harm and
Offence in Media Content
(with Andrea Millwood Hargrave, Intellect, 2006), Media
Consumption and Public Engagement
(with Nick Couldry and Tim Markham,
Palgrave, 2007), The International
Handbook of Children, Media and Culture
(edited, with Kirsten Drotner,
Sage, 2008), Kids Online (edited,
with Leslie Haddon, Policy, 2009), and Children and the Internet (2009, Polity).

Sonia Livingstone directs a 25-country network, EU Kids Online, for the
EC's Safer Internet Programme. She serves on the Executive Board of the UK's
Council for Child Internet Safety, and has, at various times, served on the
Department of Education's Ministerial Taskforce for Home Access to Technology for Children, Ofcom's Media Literacy Research Forum, the Voice of the Listener and Viewer, and the Internet Watch Foundation. She was President of the
International Communication Association (2007-8).

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Table of Contents

Childhood, Youth and the Changing Media Environment
Children and Young People's Media Access and Use
Media, Leisure and Lifestyle
Media at Home
The Family Context of Media Use
From Print to Screen
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