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.

The Mediated Playground: Media in Early Childhood

The mediated playground: Media in early childhood


Newborns joining our world are characterized by a unique personal genealogy, characteristics, and traits. They are born into different family structures, cultures, religions, histories, languages, and economic situations, to name just a few differences. Their parents may have different dreams and aspirations for their children's future. Yet, many of these babies share the fact that they make their entry into a taken-for-granted, highly meditated environment. They listen to music and sounds while still in the uterus; they learn to crawl and sit in front of the TV screen; they bang on their special baby-keyboard when they are barely uttering their first words; they sing and dance to their favorite video-tape; they drag ...

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