BeschreibungYouth around the world are fittingly described as digital natives because of their comfort and skill with technological hardware and content. Recent studies indicate that an overwhelming majority of children and teenagers use the Internet, cell phones, and other mobile devices. Equipped with familiarity and unprecedented access, it is no wonder that adolescents consume, create, and share copious amounts of content. But is there a cost?
Digital Youth: The Role of Media in Development recognizes the important role of digital tools in the lives of teenagers and presents both the risks and benefits of these new interactive technologies. From social networking to instant messaging to text messaging, the authors create an informative and relevant guidebook that goes beyond description to include developmental theory and implications. Also woven throughout the book is an international sensitivity and understanding that clarifies how, despite the widespread popularity of digital communication, technology use varies between groups globally.
Other specific topics addressed include:
- Sexuality on the Internet.
- Online identity and self-presentation.
- Morality, ethics, and civic engagement.
- Technology and health.
- Violence, cyberbullying, and victimization.
- Excessive Internet use and addictive behavior.
About the Authors.
Adolescents' Digital Worlds: An Introduction.
Connecting Online Behavior to Adolescent Development: A Theoretical Framework.
Sexuality on the Internet: Sexual Exploration, Cybersex, and Pornography.
Constructing Identity Online: Identity Exploration and Self-presentation.
Intimacy and the Internet: Relationships with Friends, Romantic partners, and Family Members.
Digital Worlds and Doing the Right Thing: Morality, Ethics, and Civic Engagement.
Internet Use and Well Being: Physical and Psychological Effects.
Technology and Health: Using the Internet for Wellness and Illness.
When is it Too Much? Excessive Internet Use and Addictive Behavior.
The Darker Sides of the Internet: Violence, Cyber Bullying, and Victimization.
Promoting Positive and Safe Digital Worlds: What Parents and Teachers Can Do to Empower Youth.
Adolescents' Digital Worlds: Conclusions and Future Steps.
PortraitKaveri Subrahmanyam is a Professor of Psychology at California State University, Los Angeles and the Associate Director of the Children's Digital Media Center @ Los Angeles. She received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from UCLA in 1993. She uses developmental theory to understand young people's interactions with digital media. Using both quantitative and qualitative techniques, she has studied young people's digital worlds, including video games, chat rooms, blogs, and social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook. She has published several research articles on youth and digital media and has co-edited a special issue on social networking for the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology (2008).
David Smahel is an Associate Professor on the Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University - Czech Republic. He received his Ph.D. in social psychology in 2003. His main interests are adolescents and their behavior on the Internet. David's research focuses on online risks, identity development and its consequences in the virtual world, online communication, virtual romantic relationships and friendships, as well as addictive behavior on the Internet. He is the project head of the "World Internet Project: the Czech Republic", which is a part of the identically titled worldwide project. David is currently editor of "Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace".
From the reviews:
'Digital Youth: The Role of Media in Development, by Kaveri Subrahmanyam and David Šmahel, demonstrates how youth use and integrate media into their lives. ' the book's main audience is more than researchers, undergraduates, and graduate students; it is designed to be accessible to parents, teachers and others who serve as caregivers for youth. As such, it serves as a useful and comprehensive introduction to an increasingly important area of adolescent life. ' Digital Youth was easy to read and follow, even for a novice.' (Andrea Karle, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, Vol. 42, 2013)
'Need help understanding the evolving online media landscape of today's youth? Kaveri Subrahmanyam and David Šmahel's Digital Youth: The Role of Media in Development may be just the book to bring you up to speed. The authors provide an overview of research on a variety of issues related to the adolescent online media experience.
As acknowledged by the authors, this landscape changes so rapidly that research is almost outdated as soon as it is conducted. This is an ongoing challenge for those who conduct research on any aspect of popular culture, and for the most part the authors do a fine job of providing the most up-to-date data available at the time of writing. In addition, the book provides a refreshing focus on the positive aspects of the youth online media experience, as well as noting the many potential hazards.
The book is infused with a strong developmental perspective that helps unite such disparate topics as cybersex, civic engagement, and game violence, among many others. The focus on three key developmental tasks of adolescence'sexuality, identity, and establishing intimate relationships'provides an effective organizing framework. The authors further set the stage with their assertion that, as well as being influenced by their digital world, young people affect the construction and impact of these experiences. In other wor