By Patti M. Valkenburg

The earlier a number of many years have witnessed hundreds of thousands of stories into teenagers and the media. but, a lot educational learn remains to be in its infancy by way of our wisdom concerning the makes use of, personal tastes, and results of other media. This exact quantity strikes the sector ahead during this regard, with its insights into the newest theories and examine on young ones and the media. writer Patti M. Valkenburg explores "screen" media (i.e., tv, movies, video and laptop video games, and the Internet), and focuses her learn at the so much primary issues within the research of kids and the media. In every one bankruptcy, Valkenburg examines an important subject on young children and the media: the impact of media violence, kid's emotional reactions to information and leisure, the meant and negative effects of advertisements, and the makes use of and results of computing device video games and the web. She has established the chapters to supply an summary of present theories and examine on a selected subject, and supplementations the paintings of others along with her personal ground-breaking learn findings. She presents a cautious and even-handed remedy of analysis in kid's media, and comprises present and memorable stories. As a source for learn in childrens and media and media psychology, this quantity offers a well timed and thorough exam of the kingdom of thought and learn. it's going to function a necessary reference for students and as an attractive textual content for complex scholars.

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This is why they speak so much to children in this age group, who themselves are just exploring and experimenting with their physical limits. Through identification with the superheroes in these series, children are able to fantasize that they are strong and powerful, and the feelings that accompany these fantasies provide them with great pleasure. A second characteristic these programs have in common is that the story usually evolves in a community of peers and friends, which makes them extra appealing to children of this age, who are very interested in social play and interactions with peers.

It stands to reason, therefore, that children pay more attention to the actions of same-gender characters and dislike watching characters who are younger than themselves. Eight- to twelve-year-olds prefer to watch actors of at least their own age, but preferably teenagers or adults. In a study by Sheldon and Loncar (1996) that had children explain why they prefer to see adults, children indicated that adults were involved in more interesting and exciting activities and were better actors. Enjoyment of media productions is not always predicted by perceived similarity to a character (Hoffner & Cantor, 1991).

An important difference compared to the infants and toddlers, however, was that the older children had a better eye for the content and story line of the program segments. The 4- to 5-year-olds were curious to see what happened next in the stories. Suspenseful contents—such as playing hide and seek in Sesame Street and a chase in Lion King II—also drew their attention. Such media content apparently is in agreement with the preferences and play themes of children in this age group, in which suspense and adventure plays an important role.

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