Children and Their Changing Media Environment: A European Comparative Study

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Sonia Livingstone, Moira Bovill
Routledge, Jun 7, 2013 - Psychology - 400 pages
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Focusing on the meanings, uses, and impacts of new media in childhood, family life, peer culture, and the relation between home and school, this volume sets out to address many of the questions, fears, and hopes regarding the changing place of media in the lives of today's children and young people.

The scholars contributing to this work argue that such questions--intellectual, empirical, and policy-related--can be productively addressed through cross-national research. Hence, this volume brings together researchers from 12 countries--Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland--to present original and comprehensive findings regarding the diffusion and significance of new media and information technologies among children. Inspired by parallels and difference between the arrival of television in the family home during the 1950s and the present day arrival of new media, the research is based on in-depth interviews and a detailed comparative survey of 6- to 16-year-olds across Europe and in Israel. The result is a comprehensive, detailed, and fascinating account of how these technologies are rapidly becoming central to the daily lives of young people.

As a resource for researchers and students in media and communication studies, leisure and cultural studies, social psychology, and related areas, this volume provides crucial insights into the role of media in the lives of children. The findings included herein will also be of interest to policymakers in broadcasting, technology, and education throughout the world.

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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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