What kind of adults will our children become? The impact of growing up in a media-saturated world

Ellen Wartella, Leanne Beaudoin-Ryan*, Courtney K. Blackwell, Drew P. Cingel, Lisa B. Hurwitz, Alexis R. Lauricella

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This article urges children and media scholars to consider the broader consequences of the ubiquitous media environment in which children live today. We consider, within a broader sociocultural context, the ways in which media and interactive technology serve as more knowledgeable others, scaffolding children's learning and development. Given this context, it is imperative for researchers to consider the consequences of living in the digital age and how broader developmental trajectories may be influenced. We call upon children and media researchers to contemplate more thoughtful research agendas that begin to assess the larger impact of media on children’s learning and developmental trajectories.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13-20
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Children and Media
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

Keywords

  • Children and media
  • Developmental trajectories
  • Research agenda
  • Scaffolds
  • Vygotsky

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Communication

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