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The Routledge Companion to Digital Media and Children

The Routledge Companion to Digital Media and Children  which I co-edited with Lelia Green, Donell Holloway, Kylie Stevenson and Leslie Haddon was released in ebook form in October 2020, and in print late November 2020.  It’s a big one, clocking in at just over 560 pages, with 54 chapters!

Here’s the book blurb:

TheRoutledgeCompanionToDigitalMediaAndChildren_CoverImageThis companion presents the newest research in this important area, showcasing the huge diversity in children’s relationships with digital media around the globe, and exploring the benefits, challenges, history, and emerging developments in the field.

Children are finding novel ways to express their passions and priorities through innovative uses of digital communication tools. This collection investigates and critiques the dynamism of children’s lives online with contributions fielding both global and hyper-local issues, and bridging the wide spectrum of connected media created for and by children. From education to children’s rights to cyberbullying and youth in challenging circumstances, the inter-disciplinary approach ensures a careful, nuanced, multi-dimensional exploration of children’s relationships with digital media.

Featuring a highly international range of case studies, perspectives and socio-cultural contexts, The Routledge Companion to Digital Media and Children is the perfect reference tool for students and researchers of media and communication, family and technology studies, psychology, education, anthropology, and sociology, as well as interested teachers, policy makers, and parents.

And here is the full list of chapters:

Introduction / Lelia Green, Donell Holloway, Kylie Stevenson, Tama Leaver and Leslie Haddon

PART I Creation of Knowledge

1 Child Studies Meets Digital Media: Rethinking the Paradigms / Natalie Coulter

2 Engaging in Ethical Research Partnerships with Children and Families / Madeleine Dobson

3 Platforms, Participation and Place: Understanding Young People’s Changing Digital Media Worlds / Heather Horst and luke gaspard

4 Methodological Issues in Researching Children and Digital Media / Rebekah Willett and Chris Richards

5 Young Learners in the Digital Age / Christine Stephen

6 Children Who Code / Jamie C. Macbeth, Michael J. Lee, Jung Soo Kim and Tony Boming Zhang

7 Young children’s creativity in digital possibility spaces: What might posthumanism reveal? / Kylie J. Stevenson

8 The Domestication of Touchscreen Technologies in Families with Young Children / Leslie Haddon

9 Grandparental Mediation of Children’s Digital Media Use / Nelly Elias, Dafna Lemish and Galit Nimrod

PART II Digital Media Lives

10 Young Children’s Haptic Media Habitus / Bjorn Nansen

11 Early Encounters with Narrative: Two-Year-Olds and Moving-Image Media / Cary Bazalgette

12 Siblings Accomplishing Tasks Together: Solicited and Unsolicited Assistance when Using Digital Technology / Sandy Houen, Susan Danby and Pernilla Miller

13 Children as Architects of Their Digital Worlds / Joanne O’Mara, Linda Laidlaw and Suzanna So Har Wong

14 Teens’ Online and Offline Lives: How They Are Experiencing Their Sociability / Sara Pereira, Joana Fillol and Pedro Moura

15 Teens’ Fandom Communities: Making Friends and Countering Unwanted Contacts / Julián de la Fuente and Pilar Lacasa

16 Identity Exploration in Anonymous Online Spaces / Mary Anne Lauri and Lorleen Farrugia

17 Supervised Play: Intimate Surveillance and Children’s Mobile Media Usage / William Balmford, Larissa Hjorth and Ingrid Richardson

18 Challenging Adolescents’ Autonomy: An Affordances Perspective on Parental Tools / Bieke Zaman, Marije Nouwen and Karla Van Leeuwen

PART III Complexities of Commodification

19 Children’s Enrolment in Online Consumer Culture / Ylva Ågren

20 The Emergence and Ethics of Child-Created Content as Media Industries / Benjamin Burroughs and Gavin Feller

21 Pre-school Stars on YouTube: Child Microcelebrities, Commercially Viable Biographies, and Interactions with Technology / Crystal Abidin

22 Balancing Privacy: Sharenting, Intimate Surveillance and the Right to be Forgotten / Tama Leaver

23 Parenting Pedagogies in the Marketing of Children’s Apps / Donell Holloway, Giovanna Mascheroni and Ashley Donkin

24 Digital Literacy/‘Dynamic Literacies’: Formal and Informal Learning Now and in the Emergent Future / John Potter

25 Being and Not Being: ‘Digital Tweens’ in a Hybrid Culture / Inês Vitorino Sampaio, Thinayna Máximo and Cristina Ponte

26 “Technically They’re Your Creations, but…”: Children Making, Playing, and Negotiating User-Generated Content Games / Sara M. Grimes and Vinca Merriman

27 Marketing to Children Through Digital Media: Trends and Issues / Wonsun Shin

PART IV Children’s Rights

28 Child-Centred Policy: Enfranchising Children as Digital Policy-Makers / Brian O’Neill

29 Law, Digital Media and the Discomfort of Children’s Rights / Brian Simpson

30 No Fixed Limits? The Uncomfortable Application of Inconsistent Law to the Lives of Children Dealing with Digital Media / Brian Simpson

31 Children’s Agency in the Media Socialisation Process / Claudia Riesmeyer

32 Digital Citizenship in Domestic Contexts / Lelia Green

33 Digital Socialising in Children on the Autism Spectrum / Meryl Alper and Madison Irons

34 Disability, Children, and the Invention of Digital Media / Katie Ellis, Gerard Goggin and Mike Kent

35 Children’s Moral Agency in the Digital Environment / Joke Bauwens and Lien Mostmans

36 Children’s Rights in the Digital Environment: A Challenging Terrain for Evidence-Based Policy / Sonia Livingstone, Amanda Third and Gerison Lansdown

PART V Changing and Challenging Circumstances

37 Caring Dataveillance: Women’s Use of Apps to Monitor Pregnancy and Children / Deborah Lupton

38 Digital Media and Sleep in Children / Alicia Allan and Simon Smith

39 Sick Children and Social Media / Ana Jorge, Lidia Marôpo and Raiana De Carvalho

40 Children’s Sexuality in the Context of Digital Media: Sexualisation, Sexting and Experiences with Sexual Content in a Research Perspective / Liza Tsaliki and Despina Chronaki

41 Digital Inequalities Amongst Digital Natives / Ellen J. Helsper

42 Street Children and Social Media: Identity Construction in the Digital Age / Marcela Losantos Velasco, Lien Mostmans and Guadalupe Peres-Cajías

43 Perspectives on Cyberbullying and Traditional Bullying: Same or Different? / Robin M. Kowalski and Annie McCord

44 Digital Storytelling: Opportunities for Identity Investment for Youth from Refugee Backgrounds / Lauren Johnson and Maureen Kendrick

45 Children, Death and Digital Media / Kathleen M. Cumiskey

PART VI Local Complexities in a Global Context

46 Very Young Children’s Digital Literacy: Engagement, Practices, Learning and Home-School-Community Knowledge Exchange in Lisbon, Portugal / Vítor Tomé and Maria José Brites

47 The Voices of African Children / Chika Anyanwu

48 Limiting the Digital in Brazilian Schools: Structural Difficulties and School Culture / Daniela Costa and Juliana Doretto

49 Australia and Consensual Sexting: The Creation of Child Pornography or Exploitation Materials? / Amy Shields Dobson

50 Revisiting Children’s Participation in Television: Implications for Digital Media Rights in Bangladesh / S M Shameem Reza and Ashfara Haque

51 Chinese Teen Digital Entertainment: Rethinking Censorship and Commercialisation in Short Video and Online Fiction / Xiang Ren

52 Sexual Images, Risk and Perception Among Youth – A Nordic Example / Elisabeth Staksrud

53 US-Based Toy Unboxing Production in Children’s Culture / Jarrod Walczer

54 The Role of Digital Media in the Lives of Some American Muslim Children, 2010–2019 / Nahid Kabir


“This book offers profound insights into how digital media has transformed and shaped children’s experiences in an increasingly interconnected world.”
– Nur Hidayat, International Journal of Primary, Elementary and Early Years Education

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