This companion presents the newest research in this important area, showcasing the huge diversity in children’s relationships with digital media around the globe, and exploring the benefits, challenges, history, and emerging developments in the field.

Children are finding novel ways to express their passions and priorities through innovative uses of digital communication tools. This collection investigates and critiques the dynamism of children's lives online with contributions fielding both global and hyper-local issues, and bridging the wide spectrum of connected media created for and by children. From education to children's rights to cyberbullying and youth in challenging circumstances, the interdisciplinary approach ensures a careful, nuanced, multi-dimensional exploration of children’s relationships with digital media.

Featuring a highly international range of case studies, perspectives, and socio-cultural contexts, The Routledge Companion to Digital Media and Children is the perfect reference tool for students and researchers of media and communication, family and technology studies, psychology, education, anthropology, and sociology, as well as interested teachers, policy makers, and parents.

chapter |16 pages


Children and Digital Media

part I|91 pages

Creation of Knowledge

chapter 1|9 pages

Child Studies Meets Digital Media

Rethinking the Paradigms

chapter 3|10 pages

Platforms, Participation, and Place

Understanding Young People’s Changing Digital Media Worlds

chapter 7|12 pages

Young Children’s Creativity in Digital Possibility Spaces

What Might Posthumanism Reveal?

part II|95 pages

Digital Media Lives

chapter 11|10 pages

Early Encounters with Narrative

Two-Year-Olds and Moving-Image Media

chapter 12|14 pages

Siblings Accomplishing Tasks Together

Solicited and Unsolicited Assistance When Using Digital Technology

chapter 14|9 pages

Teens’ Online and Offline Lives

How They Are Experiencing Their Sociability

chapter 15|12 pages

Teens’ Fandom Communities

Making Friends and Countering Unwanted Contacts 1

chapter 17|10 pages

Supervised Play

Intimate Surveillance and Children’s Mobile Media Usage

chapter 18|9 pages

Challenging Adolescents’ Autonomy

An Affordances Perspective on Parental Tools

part III|90 pages

Complexities of Commodification

chapter 21|9 pages

Pre-School Stars on YouTube

Child Microcelebrities, Commercially Viable Biographies, and Interactions with Technology

chapter 22|10 pages

Balancing Privacy

Sharenting, Intimate Surveillance, and the Right to Be Forgotten

chapter 24|9 pages

Digital Literacy/‘Dynamic Literacies’

Formal and Informal Learning Now and in the Emergent Future

chapter 25|10 pages

Being and Not Being

‘Digital Tweens’ in a Hybrid Culture

chapter 26|10 pages

“Technically They’re Your Creations, but …”

Children Making, Playing, and Negotiating User-Generated Content Games

chapter 27|10 pages

Marketing to Children through Digital Media

Trends and Issues

part IV|95 pages

Children’s Rights

chapter 28|11 pages

Child-Centred Policy

Enfranchising Children as Digital Policy-Makers

chapter 30|9 pages

No Fixed Limits?

The Uncomfortable Application of Inconsistent Law to the Lives of Children Dealing with Digital Media

chapter 36|12 pages

Children’s Rights in the Digital Environment

A Challenging Terrain for Evidence-Based Policy

part V|98 pages

Changing and Challenging Circumstances

chapter 37|10 pages

Caring Dataveillance

Women’s Use of Apps to Monitor Pregnancy and Children

chapter 40|11 pages

Children’s Sexuality in the Context of Digital Media

Sexualisation, Sexting, and Experiences with Sexual Content in a Research Perspective

chapter 42|11 pages

Street Children and Social Media

Identity Construction in the Digital Age

chapter 44|11 pages

Digital Storytelling

Opportunities for Identity Investment for Youth from Refugee Backgrounds

part VI|95 pages

Local Complexities in a Global Context

chapter 46|9 pages

Very Young Children’s Digital Literacy

Engagement, Practices, Learning, and Home–School–Community Knowledge Exchange in Lisbon, Portugal

chapter 47|8 pages

The Voices of African Children

chapter 48|10 pages

Limiting the Digital in Brazilian Schools

Structural Difficulties and School Culture

chapter 49|9 pages

Australia and Consensual Sexting

The Creation of Child Pornography or Exploitation Materials?

chapter 50|12 pages

Revisiting Children’s Participation in Television

Implications for Digital Media Rights in Bangladesh

chapter 51|10 pages

Chinese Teen Digital Entertainment

Rethinking Censorship and Commercialisation in Short Video and Online Fiction

chapter 52|13 pages

Sexual Images, Risk, and Perception among Youth

A Nordic Example