Social media – friend or foe? The answer is complicated and this volume – written by several of the experts in the field – is designed to provide some answers. With every new medium, questions arise about positive versus negative effects. So it is with social media. Topics covered include positive and negative aspects of social media, cyberbullying, sexting, conspiracy theories, media literacy, do social media contribute to ADHD, and should teachers “friend” their students. This is the third and last volume in the MASTERS OF MEDIA series, and like its predecessors, it is designed to provide at least a few answers to this issue and guidance to teachers, administrators, and parents who want and need answers.
Victor C. Strasburger, MD, is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and the author of the recent book, The Death of Childhood (Cambridge UK, Cambridge Scholars Press, 2020). He has written or co-written many of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ policy statements on children, adolescents, and the media.
Marjorie Hogan, MD, is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota and a recently retired pediatrician in Minneapolis. In addition to decades of experience in general pediatrics and adolescent medicine, she educated and wrote about the impact of media in child and teen health.
Victor C. Strasburger, M.D.
Margie Hogan, M.D.
Chapter 1: SOCIAL MEDIA: PROSOCIAL OR RISKY FOR TWEENS AND TEENS?
Chapter 2: Social Media & Special Populations of Youth
Chapter 3: To Friend or Not to Friend: Helping Teachers Maintain Boundaries on Social Media
Susan Eva Porter, Ph.D., LCSW
Chapter 4: Cyberbullying Among Youth
Dorothy L. Espelage, Cagil Torgal, Alberto Valido, Luz E. Robinson , Graceson L. Clements
Chapter 5. Teen Sexting Is Not Child Pornography Deserving Draconian Sanction; Stop Stigmatizing Our Children
Harry Zimmerman, J.D., Ellison Starnes, Justin Moffitt
6. Why Do People Believe in Conspiracy Theories? – The Role of the Media
7. How Classroom Media Literacy Could Save the World
Frank W Baker
8. ADHD and Social Media
Lloyd "Chip" Taylor, Ph.D.
This volume of Friend or Foe: Tackling the Issues of Social Media is a wonderful and welcome addition to the literature on children and technology and it couldn’t come at a better time. How children from middle childhood through adolescence are using this very popular technology is the topic parents, pediatricians, policymakers and social scientists want to understand…and this volume is replete with the latest research findings on the topic. It is truly an informative and thoughtful collection of the latest research and I recommend it with great enthusiasm.
In this 3rd volume of the Masters of Media series, Friend or Foe: Tackling the Issues of Social Media, Dr.s Victor Strasburger and Marjorie Hogan have yet another winner! Each of the eight individual chapters brings state-of-the-art science to bear on critically important topics concerning the pros, cons, and unknowns of social media effects on children and adolescents. Each is quite comprehensible to interested readers who are not themselves scientists. This volume is a must read for parents and caregivers, politicians and public policy makers, and students of media effects ranging from upper-level high school students to graduate students.
I highly recommend Friend or Foe, edited by Dr. Strasburger. This volume tackles a critical topic — social media. It discusses important topics such as misinformation, ADHD, sexting, and cyberbullying. It also includes a chapter on how social media can affect special populations of youth (e.g., LGBTQ+ teens). It reviews the scientific literature on whether social media are harmful or helpful. And for harmful effects, it includes a chapter on media literacy to help teens be more intelligent consumers of social media. All chapters are well documented with references to scientific studies. I am delighted to own this volume!
Children and adolescents seem forever tied to social media. This latest volume of Masters of Media helps us more fully understand the positive and negative effects of this involvement while providing insight into what parents and educators can do to mitigate its impact.
Social media have changed how we can influence each other, as well as how easily we can be influenced (no one wants to hear that, I know!). This volume examines many of the benefits and potential problems that are continuing to result. We can't manage something well without first understanding it.
Don’t let the fervor over blockchain technology, cryptocurrency, and NFTs mislead – the social media of Web 2.0 are here to stay. Fortunately, this third Masters of Media volume tackles the issues of social media with thoughtful depth and insightful creativity. I highly recommend it.
There’s no arguing that social media is the most powerful influencer on today’s youth. In his latest manuscript, Masters of Media, Dr. Victor Strasburger lays it all out—the good, the bad, and the disturbing influence of social media on the world, families and kids. A must read for all parents to become wiser, more informed media consumers and learn to see through the conspiracies and misinformation to help protect your children.
Drs. Strasburger, Hogan and their co-authors adeptly address the ever-evolving media and the tremendous impact it continues to exert on lives of youth. I found the chapters on social media and disinformation most gripping as these are areas where not just culture wars have been waged, but elections have been influenced. This insightful book provides a wonderful foundation upon which readers can become more savvy consumers and analysts of media and society.