This book has already proved itself as a course adoption leader in Childhood Studies. All of the strengths of the First Edition have been retained. The book is comprehensive and judged with the needs of students in mind. It is a model of clarity and precision and has been acknowledged as such in reviews and course feedback. The new edition thoroughly revises old entries and adds new ones. The book is the most accessible, relevant student introduction to this expanding, interdisciplinary field. It is an indispensable teaching text and an ideal prompt for researchers.

Internet and New Social Media

Internet and new social media

Children's engagement with electronic media of all kinds.

The development of electronic media of all kinds by the beginning of the 21st century has offered children, like adults, many new opportunities for engagement with the world that were not available to previous generations. However, unlike for adults, access to computers, electronic games, the Internet and social networking sites is not always seen as a good development for children. Indeed, as with the arrival of television in the 20th century, they are regarded by some as a threat to childhood because of their potential to dissolve the symbolic barriers between the worlds of children and those of adults (Postman, 1983).

According to Postman, unlike the earlier development of the ...

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