This essential volume brings together the work of internationally-renowned researchers, each experts in their field, in order to capture the diversity of children and young people's media cultures around the world.
Why are the media such a crucial part of children's daily lives? Are they becoming more important, more influential, and in what ways? Or does a historical perspective reveal how past media have long framed children's cultural horizons or, perhaps, how families - however constituted - have long shaped the ways children relate to media?
In addressing such questions, the contributors present detailed empirical cases to uncover how children weave together diverse forms and technologies to create a rich symbolic tapestry which, in turn, shapes their social relationships. At the same time, many concerns - even public panics - arise regarding children's engagement with media, leading the contributors also to inquire into the risky or problematic aspects of today's highly mediated world.
Deliberately selected to represent as many parts of the globe as possible, and with a commitment to recognizing both the similarities and differences in children and young people's lives - from China to Denmark, from Canada to India, from Japan to Iceland, from - the authors offer a rich contextualization of children's engagement with their particular media and communication environment, while also pursuing cross-cutting themes in terms of comparative and global trends.
Each chapter provides a clear orientation for new readers to the main debates and core issues addressed, combined with a depth of analysis and argumentation to stimulate the thinking of advanced students and established scholars. Since children and young people are a focus of study across different disciplines, the volume is thoroughly multi-disciplinary. Yet since children and young people are all too easily neglected by these same disciplines, this volume hopes to accord their interests and concerns they surely merit.
Kirsten Drotner is Professor of Media Studies at the Institute for the Study of Culture at the University of Southern Denmark. Her research examines media audiences' meaning-making in historical and contemporary perspective; media and digital literacies; digital co-creation and learning; qualitative methodologies inc. media ethnography; ICT studies and e-learning; digital museum studies; and child and youth culture studies. She is author or editor of six books in English, 24 books in Danish and numerous academic articles and chapters in edited volumes. She is an elected fellow of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters. Sonia Livingstone is a full professor in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She has been visiting professor at the Universities of Bergen, Copenhagen, Harvard, Illinois, Milan, Oslo, Paris II, and Stockholm and is a fellow of the British Psychological Society, the Royal Society for the Arts and fellow and past president of the International Communication Association. She is author or editor of 20 books, including The Class: Living and Learning in the Digital Age (2016, NYU Press); Digital Technologies in the Lives of Young People (2014, Routledge); and Children, Risk and Safety Online: Research and Policy Challenges in Comparative Perspective (2012, Policy Press), along with many academic articles and chapters. She has received honorary doctorates from the University of Montreal, University of Pantheon Assas (Paris II) and the Erasmus University of Rotterdam. She serves on the Executive Board of the UK's Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) and was awarded the title of Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2014 for services to children and child Internet safety. Taking a comparative, critical and contextualized approach, her research asks why and how the changing conditions of mediation are reshaping everyday practices and possibilities for action, identity, and communication rights. Her empirical work examines the opportunities and risks afforded by digital and online technologies, including for children and young people at home and school, for developments in media and digital literacies, for media regulation and children's rights, and for audiences, publics, and the public sphere. Her recent projects include Global Kids Online, Preparing for a Digital Future, and EU Kids Online. See her personal webpage, publications, blog posts on media policy and parenting for a digital future, and TEDX talk on How children engage with the Internet.