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Patti M. Valkenburg and Jessica T Piotrowski

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780300218879

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300218879.001.0001

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Media and Parenting

Media and Parenting

(p.244) 14 Media and Parenting
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Patti M. Valkenburg

Jessica Taylor Piotrowski

Yale University Press

Hundreds, perhaps thousands of studies ask whether and how media affect children and teens. These studies show that media use can have a positive or negative influence on how children and teens think and behave. But media use does not occur in a vacuum. Many forces can influence media effects on children and teens, including their developmental level, dispositions, and environment. This chapter homes in on the environment by focusing on the power of the parent. It discusses how parenting styles differ and what many consider as the most effective form of parenting. With this in mind, it discusses media-specific parenting for different age groups, highlighting specific media-related issues that parents are faced with as children get older. For example, should parents allow their youngest children to use media? How can parents prevent or mitigate the negative influences of violence in the media during childhood? Why is it so difficult to get teens to put down their cell phones? And what can be done about it?

Keywords:   parenting, child reading, media influence, parents, children

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