We can no longer imagine leisure, or the home, without media and communication technologies, and for the most part, we would not want to. Yet as worldwide the television screen in the family home is set to become the site of a multimedia culture integrating telecommunications, broadcasting, computing and video, many questions arise concerning their place in our daily lives. Young People and New Media offers an invaluable up-to-date account of children and young people's changing media environment at the end of the twentieth century. By locating the insights drawn from a major empirical research reported in Young People, New Media within a survey of the burgeoning but fragmented research literature on ne
Chapter 1: Childhood, Youth and the Changing Media Environment
Childhood, Youth and the Changing Media Environment
From Speculation to Research
A group of boys go to play with the friend who has a new computer game. A teenage girl checks out the web site of her favourite band. In the playground kids discuss the latest episode of an Australian soap opera. Parents buy a computer to support their children's education but are then unsure how to use it. Meanwhile teachers are faced with considerable inequalities in pupils’ domestic experience of computers and the Internet. When kids ask their parents for a mobile phone for Christmas, telephones become more individual than household appliances. So too with television and, more recently, computers, as electronic screens of one kind or another multiply ...