The roles that media play in the lives of children and adolescents, as well as their potential implications for their cognitive, emotional, social and behavioral development, have attracted growing research attention in a variety of disciplines.

The Routledge International Handbook of Children, Adolescents and Media analyses a broad range of complementary areas of study, including children as media consumers, children as active participants in media making, and representations of children in the media. The handbook presents a collection that spans a variety of disciplines including developmental psychology, media studies, public health, education, feminist studies and the sociology of childhood. Essays provide a unique intellectual mapping of current knowledge, exploring the relationship of children and media in local, national, and global contexts.

Divided into five parts, each with an introduction explaining the themes and topics covered, the handbook features 57 new contributions from 71 leading academics from 38 countries. Chapters consider vital questions by analyzing texts, audience, and institutions, including:

  • the role of policy and parenting in regulating media for children
  • the relationships between children’s’ on-line and off-line social networks
  • children’s strategies of resistance to persuasive messages in advertising
  • media and the construction of gender and ethnic identities

The Handbook’s interdisciplinary approach and comprehensive, international scope make it an authoritative, state of the art guide to the nascent field of Children’s Media Studies. It will be indispensable for media scholars and professionals, policy makers, educators, and parents.

part |1 pages

PART I Childhoods and constructions

chapter |3 pages

Editor’s introduction

chapter 1|8 pages

The co-construction of media and childhood

ByKirsten Drotner

chapter 2|8 pages

Representations of childhood in the media

ByDebbie Olson, Giselle Rampaul

chapter 3|8 pages

Trends in children’s consumption of media

ByUwe Hasebrink, Ingrid Paus-Hasebrink

chapter 4|7 pages

Examining the assumptions in research on children and media

ByMarina Krcmar

chapter 5|8 pages

Ecological approaches to the study of media and children

ByElizabeth A. Vandewater

chapter 6|7 pages

Constructing children as consumers

ByDavid Buckingham

chapter 7|7 pages

Critical studies: practice not discipline

ByKaren Orr Vered

chapter 8|7 pages

Feminist theory approaches to the study of children and media

ByDafna Lemish

chapter 9|8 pages

Media culture and childhood in the age of globalization

ByRadhika Parameswaran

part |1 pages

PART II Channels and convergence

chapter |3 pages

Editor’s introduction

chapter 10|8 pages

Children’s print culture: tradition and innovation

ByCarol L. Tilley

chapter 11|8 pages

Children’s film culture

ByStephanie Hemelryk Donald, Kirsten Seale

chapter 12|8 pages

Children’s television culture

ByJeanette Steemers

chapter 14|7 pages

Children’s digital gaming cultures

ByPål Aarsand

chapter 15|7 pages

Mobile communication culture among children and adolescents

ByRich Ling, Troels Bertel

chapter 16|7 pages

Children’s music culture: commerce, technology, and tradition

ByTyler Bickford

chapter 17|7 pages

Children and consumer culture

ByKara Chan

chapter 19|9 pages

Children’s technologized bodies: mapping mixed reality

ByMeenakshi Gigi Durham

part |1 pages

PART III Concerns and consequences

chapter |5 pages

Editor’s introduction

chapter 21|7 pages

Children’s media use and its relation to attention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity

ByMariëtte Huizinga, Sanne W. C. Nikkelen, Patti M. Valkenburg

chapter 22|7 pages

Media, imagination and fantasy

ByMaya Götz

chapter 23|8 pages

Social media and creativity

ByKylie Peppler

chapter 24|8 pages

Media and emotional development

ByNicole Martins

chapter 26|7 pages

Media and sexual development

ByJochen Peter

chapter 27|8 pages

Media, body image, and eating disorders

ByKristen Harrison

chapter 28|8 pages

Media and obesity

ByBradley J. Bond, Melissa N. Richards, Sandra L. Calvert

chapter 29|7 pages

Media and substance abuse: alcohol, smoking, and drugs

ByDina L.G. Borzekowski

chapter 30|8 pages

Media and learning about the social world

ByJeanne Prinsloo

chapter 32|8 pages

Processes and impacts of political socialization

ByErica Weintraub Austin

chapter 33|8 pages

Media, advertising, and consumerism: children and adolescents in a commercialized media environment

ByMoniek Buijzen, Esther Rozendaal, Eva A. van Reijmersdal

chapter 35|8 pages

Internet media and peer sociability

ByGustavo Mesch

part |1 pages

PART IV Contexts and communities

chapter |3 pages

Editor’s introduction

chapter 36|8 pages

Media and the family context

ByAmy I. Nathanson

chapter 38|7 pages

Media and bedroom culture

BySiân Lincoln

chapter 40|7 pages

Media and minority children

ByMichelle M. Rivera, Angharad N. Valdivia

chapter 41|8 pages

Immigrant children and media

ByNelly Elias

part |1 pages

PART V Collaborations and companions

chapter |3 pages

Editor’s introduction

chapter 45|7 pages

Media policies for children: issues and histories in the US

ByNorma Pecora

chapter 47|9 pages

Children and advertising policies in the US and beyond

ByAmy Beth Jordan, Joelle Sano Gilmore

chapter 49|7 pages

Learning from educational television

ByShalom M. Fisch

chapter 50|7 pages

New media and learning

ByBecky Herr Stephenson

chapter 51|8 pages

Media literacy

ByRenee Hobbs

chapter 52|8 pages

Challenges and suggestions for determining quality in children’s media

ByAlexis R. Lauricella, Michael B. Robb, Ellen Wartella