What’s next for research on young children’s interactive media?
School of Education Counseling and Psychology in Education
Active mediation; Contingency; Co-viewing; Digital technology; eBooks; Interactivity; Media; Television; Touchscreen; Video chat
Cognitive Psychology | Developmental Psychology | Educational Psychology
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.
Journal of Children and Media
roseth, G. L., Russo, C. E., & Strouse, G. A. (2016). What’s next for research on young children’s interactive media? Journal of Children and Media, 10, 54-62. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17482798.2015.1123166