The media landscape has changed, and children and adolescents now face a tsunami of entertainment and information. How they sort through this may have significant effects on their education and their health. We’ve called on some of the world’s media experts to discuss what the crucial issues are and what teachers, administrators, schools, parents, and health professionals can do about them – hence, the title – Masters of Media.
Victor Strasburger is a pediatrician and media expert who has lectured on 5 continents and in 48 of 50 U.S. states. He has appeared on Today, Oprah, CBS This Morning, National Public Radio, and in major newspapers and magazines.
Introduction: Children, Adolescents, and the Media: Is There a Problem? (Victor C. Strasburger, M.D.)
Chapter 1: The 7 +/- 2 Deadly Sins of Video Game Violence Research
El-Lim Kim, M.S., Craig A. Anderson, Ph.D., Douglas A. Gentile, Ph.D.
Chapter 2: Should Internet Addiction and Gaming Addiction be Categorized as Disorders
Wayne Warburton, Ph.D.
Chapter 3: Does Pornography Affect Teenagers?
Paul J. Wright, Ph.D.
Chapter 4: Lessons from the Dunedin Study
Helena M. McAnally, Ph.D., and R.J. Hancox, M.D., MRCP (UK)
Chapter 5: The Rise and Fall of Screen Time
Sona Livingstone, DPhil (Oxon, OBE)
Chapter 6: Why the Densentization Effect Matters Most
Jeanne Funk Brockmyer, Ph.D.
About the Editor and Contributors
While media, screens and technology are embedded into our modern world, there is a growing and critical need for research and advice to help us understand the effects of media on children. Dr. Victor C. Strasburger and his amazing line-up of experts helps us navigate what is currently known, and what must be figured out to save and protect our current and next generation of children.
Masters of Media is essential reading for anyone who is interested in learning more about how media impacts children and families. The content is based on real academic research instead of flashy headlines and will help readers sort out the facts from fiction. Highly recommend!
This is an excellent edited volume containing chapters from some of the top media scholars in the world. Some people argue that concern about the effects of media on children is overblown and that there is no need for “moral panic.” But the research cited in this volume shows that some level of concern is warranted. These chapters show how exposure to media is one factor that can have a significant influence on a number of important outcomes in children and adolescents, including aggression, desensitization, video game addiction, sexual behavior, obesity, drug and alcohol use, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), academic performance, body self-image, depression, suicide, and sleep. This is a reference book that I will be turning to frequently.
Media have immense power over children and adolescents" leads the preface in this innovative volume exploring the impact of various media in young lives. Now more than ever, with children and teens grappling with on-line education in addition to exploring an ever-expanding menu of social media options, parents and teachers need expert advice and insight.
At a time when children and adolescents are spending enormous time in front of a screen, Masters of Media is an invaluable source of information for researchers, parents, and policy makers.
This is a terrific collection reviewing the current state of research on children adolescents and media. It brings together medical researchers and social scientists to examine the current state of our knowledge about this topic and importantly includes reviews of some of the past and more recent studies of media violence, videogames and social media. The authors are well known experts who offer a volume well worth reading.