Title

What’s next for research on young children’s interactive media?

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-18-2016

Division

School of Education Counseling and Psychology in Education

Keywords

Active mediation; Contingency; Co-viewing; Digital technology; eBooks; Interactivity; Media; Television; Touchscreen; Video chat

Disciplines

Cognitive Psychology | Developmental Psychology | Educational Psychology

Abstract

ince early in the development of children’s television, research has informed policy and practice involving young children’s media use. To increase the likelihood that new media support children’s development, research in the coming decade must stay current with advancing technology. With the advent of various forms of interactive digital media, key research questions involve social and physical interactivity. How should adults appropriately support children’s use of different kinds of media to promote children’s creativity, learning, and development? How does co-viewing (social interaction) overlap with and differ from contingency built into the medium itself? When a device interacts, does that change the kind of support required of a co-viewing adult, or eliminate the need for such support? How does the introduction of new technology impact the lives of families? Issues related to video chat, touchscreen and motion capture technology, artificial intelligence, and electronic books and games are discussed.

Publication Title

Journal of Children and Media

Volume

10

First Page

54

Last Page

62

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17482798.2015.1123166

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