The Handbook of Children, Media and Development

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-07-14
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

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The Handbook of Children, Media and Developmentbrings together an interdisciplinary group of experts in the fields of developmental psychology, developmental science, communication, and medicine to provide an authoritative, comprehensive look at the empirical research on media and media policies within the field.

Author Biography

Sandra L. Calvert, the Director of the Children’s Digital Media Center, is a Professor of Psychology at Georgetown University. A fellow of the American Psychological Association, she has consulted for Nickelodeon Online, Sesame Workplace, Blue’s Clues, and Sega of America, to influence the development of children’s television programs, Internet software, and video games. She is author of Children’s Journeys through the Information Age (1999), and co-editor of Children in the Digital Age: Influences of Electronic Media on Development (2002).

Barbara J. Wilson is a Professor and Head of the Department of Speech Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is co-author of Children, Adolescents, and the Media (2002) and three book volumes of the National Television Violence Study (1997-1998).

Table of Contents

Notes on Editors and Contributorsp. x
Forewordp. xxi
Acknowledgmentsp. xxiv
Introduction: Media and Children's Developmentp. 1
Historical, Conceptual, and Financial Underpinnings of Mediap. 5
Historical and Recurring Concerns about Children's Use of the Mass Mediap. 7
Business Models for Children's Mediap. 27
Media Access and Differential Use Patternsp. 49
Media Use Across Childhood: Access, Time, and Contentp. 51
Children, Race, Ethnicity, and Mediap. 74
Gender, Media Use, and Effectsp. 98
Media and the Familyp. 121
Cognitive Effects of Media: How and What Children Learnp. 141
Attention and Learning from Media during Infancy and Early Childhoodp. 143
Media Symbol Systems and Cognitive Processesp. 166
Learning from Educational Mediap. 188
News, Reality Shows, and Children's Fears: Examining Content Patterns, Theories, and Negative Effectsp. 214
Social Effects of Mediap. 235
Media Violence and Aggression in Youthp. 237
Prosocial Effects of Media Exposurep. 268
Make-Believe Play, Imagination, and Creativity: Links to Children's Media Exposurep. 290
Parasocial and Online Social Relationshipsp. 309
Fear Responses to Media Entertainmentp. 334
Health Effects of Mediap. 353
Media Use and Childhood Obesityp. 355
Media, Body Image, and Eating Disordersp. 381
Media and Advertising Effectsp. 407
Adolescents and Media Messages about Tobacco, Alcohol, and Drugsp. 432
Media Policy and Interventionsp. 453
The Children's Television Actp. 455
Regulating the Media: Sexually Explicit Contentp. 479
Media-Related Policies of Professional Health Organizationsp. 503
The Rating Systems for Media Productsp. 527
Parent and School Interventions: Mediation and Media Literacyp. 552
Author Indexp. 577
Subject Indexp. 596
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