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
ByLelia Green, Donell Holloway, Kylie Stevenson, Tama Leaver, Leslie Haddon

part I|91 pages

Creation of Knowledge

chapter 1|9 pages

Child Studies Meets Digital Media

Rethinking the Paradigms
ByNatalie Coulter

chapter 2|10 pages

Engaging in Ethical Research Partnerships with Children and Families

ByMadeleine Dobson

chapter 3|10 pages

Platforms, Participation, and Place

Understanding Young People’s Changing Digital Media Worlds
ByHeather A. Horst, luke gaspard

chapter 4|9 pages

Methodological Issues in Researching Children and Digital Media

ByRebekah Willett, Chris Richards

chapter 5|10 pages

Young Learners in the Digital Age

ByChristine Stephen

chapter 6|8 pages

Children Who Code

ByJamie C. Macbeth, Michael J. Lee, Jung Soo Kim, Tony Boming Zhang

chapter 7|12 pages

Young Children’s Creativity in Digital Possibility Spaces

What Might Posthumanism Reveal?
ByKylie J. Stevenson

chapter 9|12 pages

Grandparental Mediation of Children’s Digital Media Use

ByNelly Elias, Dafna Lemish, Galit Nimrod

part II|95 pages

Digital Media Lives

chapter 10|9 pages

Young Children’s Haptic Media Habitus

ByBjørn Nansen

chapter 11|10 pages

Early Encounters with Narrative

Two-Year-Olds and Moving-Image Media
ByCary Bazalgette

chapter 12|14 pages

Siblings Accomplishing Tasks Together

Solicited and Unsolicited Assistance When Using Digital Technology
BySandy Houen, Susan Danby, Pernilla Miller

chapter 13|8 pages

Children as Architects of Their Digital Worlds

ByJoanne O’Mara, Linda Laidlaw, Suzanna So Har Wong

chapter 14|9 pages

Teens’ Online and Offline Lives

How They Are Experiencing Their Sociability
BySara Pereira, Joana Fillol, Pedro Moura

chapter 15|12 pages

Teens’ Fandom Communities

Making Friends and Countering Unwanted Contacts 1
ByJulián de la Fuente, Pilar Lacasa

chapter 16|12 pages

Identity Exploration in Anonymous Online Spaces

ByMary Anne Lauri, Lorleen Farrugia

chapter 17|10 pages

Supervised Play

Intimate Surveillance and Children’s Mobile Media Usage
ByWilliam Balmford, Larissa Hjorth, Ingrid Richardson

chapter 18|9 pages

Challenging Adolescents’ Autonomy

An Affordances Perspective on Parental Tools
ByBieke Zaman, Marije Nouwen, Karla Van Leeuwen

part III|90 pages

Complexities of Commodification

chapter 19|10 pages

Children’s Enrolment in Online Consumer Culture

ByYlva Ågren

chapter 20|9 pages

The Emergence and Ethics of Child-Created Content as Media Industries

ByBenjamin Burroughs, Gavin Feller

chapter 21|9 pages

Pre-School Stars on YouTube

Child Microcelebrities, Commercially Viable Biographies, and Interactions with Technology
ByCrystal Abidin

chapter 22|10 pages

Balancing Privacy

Sharenting, Intimate Surveillance, and the Right to Be Forgotten
ByTama Leaver

chapter 23|11 pages

Parenting Pedagogies in the Marketing of Children’s Apps

ByDonell Holloway, Giovanna Mascheroni, Ashley Donkin

chapter 24|9 pages

Digital Literacy/‘Dynamic Literacies’

Formal and Informal Learning Now and in the Emergent Future
ByJohn Potter

chapter 25|10 pages

Being and Not Being

‘Digital Tweens’ in a Hybrid Culture
ByInês Vitorino Sampaio, Thinayna Máximo, Cristina Ponte

chapter 26|10 pages

“Technically They’re Your Creations, but …”

Children Making, Playing, and Negotiating User-Generated Content Games
BySara M. Grimes, Vinca Merriman

chapter 27|10 pages

Marketing to Children through Digital Media

Trends and Issues
ByWonsun Shin

part IV|95 pages

Children’s Rights

chapter 28|11 pages

Child-Centred Policy

Enfranchising Children as Digital Policy-Makers
ByBrian O’Neill

chapter 29|10 pages

Law, Digital Media, and the Discomfort of Children’s Rights

ByBrian Simpson

chapter 30|9 pages

No Fixed Limits?

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

chapter 31|10 pages

Children’s Agency in the Media Socialisation Process

ByClaudia Riesmeyer

chapter 32|11 pages

Digital Citizenship in Domestic Contexts

ByLelia Green

chapter 33|10 pages

Digital Socialising in Children on the Autism Spectrum

ByMeryl Alper, Madison Irons

chapter 34|10 pages

Disability, Children, and the Invention of Digital Media

ByKatie Ellis, Gerard Goggin, Mike Kent

chapter 35|10 pages

Children’s Moral Agency in the Digital Environment

ByJoke Bauwens, Lien Mostmans

chapter 36|12 pages

Children’s Rights in the Digital Environment

A Challenging Terrain for Evidence-Based Policy
BySonia Livingstone, Amanda Third, Gerison Lansdown

part V|98 pages

Changing and Challenging Circumstances

chapter 37|10 pages

Caring Dataveillance

Women’s Use of Apps to Monitor Pregnancy and Children
ByDeborah Lupton

chapter 38|11 pages

Digital Media and Sleep in Children

ByAlicia Allan, Simon Smith

chapter 39|10 pages

Sick Children and Social Media

ByAna Jorge, Lidia Marôpo, Raiana de Carvalho

chapter 40|11 pages

Children’s Sexuality in the Context of Digital Media

Sexualisation, Sexting, and Experiences with Sexual Content in a Research Perspective
ByLiza Tsaliki, Despina Chronaki

chapter 41|14 pages

Digital Inequalities Amongst Digital Natives

ByEllen J. Helsper

chapter 42|11 pages

Street Children and Social Media

Identity Construction in the Digital Age
ByMarcela Losantos Velasco, Lien Mostmans, Guadalupe Peres-Cajías

chapter 43|9 pages

Perspectives on Cyberbullying and Traditional Bullying

Same or Different?
ByRobin M. Kowalski, Annie McCord

chapter 44|11 pages

Digital Storytelling

Opportunities for Identity Investment for Youth from Refugee Backgrounds
ByLauren Johnson, Maureen Kendrick

chapter 45|9 pages

Children, Death, and Digital Media

ByKathleen M. Cumiskey

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
ByVítor Tomé, Maria José Brites

chapter 47|8 pages

The Voices of African Children

ByChika Anyanwu

chapter 48|10 pages

Limiting the Digital in Brazilian Schools

Structural Difficulties and School Culture
ByDaniela Costa, Juliana Doretto

chapter 49|9 pages

Australia and Consensual Sexting

The Creation of Child Pornography or Exploitation Materials?
ByAmy Shields Dobson

chapter 50|12 pages

Revisiting Children’s Participation in Television

Implications for Digital Media Rights in Bangladesh
ByS M Shameem Reza, Ashfara Haque

chapter 51|10 pages

Chinese Teen Digital Entertainment

Rethinking Censorship and Commercialisation in Short Video and Online Fiction
ByXiang Ren

chapter 52|13 pages

Sexual Images, Risk, and Perception among Youth

A Nordic Example
ByElisabeth Staksrud

chapter 53|10 pages

US-Based Toy Unboxing Production in Children’s Culture

ByJarrod Walczer