Plugged In: How Media Attract and Affect Youth

Plugged In: How Media Attract and Affect Youth

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An illuminating study of the complex relationship between children and media in the digital age

Now, as never before, young people are surrounded by media—thanks to the sophistication and portability of the technology that puts it literally in the palms of their hands. Drawing on data and empirical research that cross many fields and continents, authors Valkenburg and Piotrowski examine the role of media in the lives of children from birth through adolescence, addressing the complex issues of how media affect the young and what adults can do to encourage responsible use in an age of selfies, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
This important study looks at both the sunny and the dark side of media use by today’s youth, including why and how their preferences change throughout childhood, whether digital gaming is harmful or helpful, the effects of placing tablets and smartphones in the hands of toddlers, the susceptibility of young people to online advertising, the legitimacy of parental concerns about media multitasking, and more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300218879
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 04/25/2017
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 344
Sales rank: 820,920
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Patti M. Valkenburg is a university distinguished professor of media, youth, and society at the University of Amsterdam. She has published over 160 academic articles on children, media, and technology. Her work has received numerous awards in both Europe and the United States. Jessica Taylor Piotrowski is an associate professor of youth and media entertainment and the director of CcaM, the Center for Research on Children, Adolescents, and the Media, at the University of Amsterdam. She is a consultant for the children’s media industry. Her work appears regularly in communication, psychology, and education journals.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 Youth and Media 1

2 Then and Now 10

3 Themes and Theoretical Perspectives 28

4 Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers 44

5 Children 63

6 Adolescents 78

7 Media and Violence 96

8 Media and Emotions 116

9 Advertising and Commercialism 137

10 Media and Sex 158

11 Media and Education 175

12 Digital Games 195

13 Social Media 218

14 Media and Parenting 244

15 The End 267

Notes 277

Acknowledgments 313

Index 315

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