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By: John P. Murray

In: Children & Television: Images in a Changing Sociocultural World

Chapter 1: The Developing Child in a Multimedia Society

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The Developing Child in a Multimedia Society
The developing child in a multimedia society

To suggest that children growing up in the 1990s live in a very different world than the one their parents or grandparents experienced as children is not only to state the obvious but to understate the obvious. Although many of the parents of young children in this last decade of the 20th century grew up with television, some of these parents—and almost all of the grandparents—lived in a world without television as a source of information and entertainment.

There are, of course, other changes in the information environment in which children live today. The current media ecology of childhood includes computers and video games, VCRs and laser discs, and ever-changing audio systems with ...

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