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.

Children and Media in the Context of the Home and Family

Children and media in the context of the home and family
Stewart M.Hoover and Lynn SchofieldClark

Introduction

Concerned adults have long debated the significance of the media in the lives of children and youth. More than a century ago, parents, as well as authorities in education, religion and public life, wrote numerous articles and gave many a sermon criticizing penny dailies, ‘dimenovels’ and comic books: the popular entertainment media, or ‘kids culture’, of their day. By the time television was introduced into the living rooms and apartments around the world at mid-twentieth century, the themes of research and criticism into media's negative effects had been well established. Similar concerns and research agendas are now emerging in relation ...

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