Children, Teens, Families, and Mass Media: The Millennial Generation

Children, Teens, Families, and Mass Media: The Millennial Generation

Children, Teens, Families, and Mass Media: The Millennial Generation

Children, Teens, Families, and Mass Media: The Millennial Generation

Synopsis

This text provides a survey of the relationship between children and those mass media found in the home-radio, television, and the Internet. Using a theory-based approach, with attention to developmental, gender, ethnic, and generational differences, author Rose M. Kundanis explores the nature of these relationships and their influences on children and families, looking at the experiences children have at various developmental ages and across generations. She reviews children's own experiences with media and examines the variety of effects that can operate due to children's perceptions at different ages, including fear, aggression, and sexuality. The text includes theory and research from mass communication, developmental psychology, education, and other areas, representing the broad spectrum of influences at work. Features of this text include: side-bar interviews with teens who work in media and people who develop policy or programming for children's media; in-depth explanations of the Generational Theory and the Developmental Theory as they apply to children and the media, plus a survey of other applicable theories; description of the key points of the Children's Television Act of 1990, the Telecommunications Act of 1996, and other relevant legislation; and questions and activities to extend the exploration of topics. This text will help students develop a critical understanding of the relationship of children and the media; the variables affecting and influencing children's response to media; the theories that explain and predict this relationship; and the ways in which children use the media and can develop media literacy. It is appropriate for courses at the advanced undergraduate and graduate level, including children and media, media literacy, mass communication and society, and media processes and effects, as well as special topics courses in education, communication, and psychology.

Excerpt

Children, Teens, Families, and Mass Media: The Millennial Generation provides a survey of the relationship of children and media using children's own experiences in addition to current theory and research concerning children from 2 to 18 years of age in the context of U.S. society and culture. The media of radio, television, and the Internet are the focus of this book, because these particular media are home utilities and therefore are those media most accessible to children regardless of age. The Millennial Generation—those children who graduated high school in the year 2000 and after—are the subject of the book as well as the intended audience. The text chapters have side bar interviews with teens who work in media and with people who develop policy or programming for children's media. The illustrations are taken from published comic strips and political cartoons as well as children's illustrations solicited specifically for this book.

Although many books are written as anthologies on the topic of children and media, this book is a monograph written for college undergraduates. Many books are written for a popular audience or for scholars and graduate students; this book however, is written in a variety of expository styles to provide clarity and models for undergraduate writing. The book is written in a research-paper style so as to model that type of academic writing. The writing style varies to include interview-based sections written in a more journalistic style. The writing is intended to provide models for academic and journalistic writing for the student audience. The book provides a glossary and questions and activities for further consideration to extend the exploration of topics in the classroom. Although many books provide adult art for illustrations, this book provides some illustrations by children in the age group this book is discussing. The book was written for a college-level course on children and the media. It also can be used as a supplemental text for courses such as Introduction to Mass Media, Mass Communication and Society, and Media Literacy. Other courses for which the text would be appropriate include areas in education, communication, psychology, and public health. The medical profession also sees children and the media as an important public health topic.

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