Children's Media Use: A Positive Psychology Approach

Erik M. Gregory

in The Oxford Handbook of Media Psychology

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780195398809
Published online January 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Children's Media Use: A Positive Psychology Approach

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The sky isn’t falling when it comes to children’s media use. The time is ripe to use media strategically, drawing from the field of positive psychology that promotes socially constructive outcomes that educate, inform, and entertain children for the 21st century. Although much of the academic literature on children’s media use has focused on the negative impact media have on children (especially television violence), less has been written on the ability of media to provide greater and more equal access to information for children around the world, or enrich and broaden the learning andunderstanding of children regardless of geographic location. Certainly, the great opportunities that the information age has brought with it have included risks for children. Parents, educators, and health care professionals are naturally concerned about the negative consequences to children who are interacting more with television and new media (such as the Internet, mobile phone texting, and MP3 players) than they often are with each other. This chapter presents arguments on the prosocial opportunities of children’s media use as informed by positive psychology’s rise in the past 10 years. Given that the proliferation of media and its globalization are shaping children today, it is important to use this powerful tool for constructive outcomes of engagement.

Keywords: Children and media; children’s media; educational media; educational television; impact of media; media and children; media effects; positive psychology; prosocial effects of media

Article.  9867 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology

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