- Oxford Library of Psychology
- Oxford Library of Psychology
- About the Editor
- Storytelling and Media: Narrative Models from Aristotle to Augmented Reality
- Arguing for Media Psychology as a Distinct Field
- Media Psychology and Its History
- Inside <i>Media Psychology:</i> The Story of an Emerging Discipline as Told by a Leading Journal
- Media Literacy: History, Progress, and Future Hopes
- Research Methods, Design, and Statistics in Media Psychology
- Qualitative Research and Media Psychology
- Why It Is Hard To Believe That Media Violence Causes Aggression
- Children's Media Use: A Positive Psychology Approach
- The Role of Emotion in Media Use and Effects
- Media Violence, Desensitization, and Psychological Engagement
- Sexual Media Practice: How Adolescents Select, Engage with, and Are Affected by Sexual Media
- Race, Ethnicity, and the Media
- Representations of Gender in the Media
- The Psychology Underlying Media-Based Persuasion
- Social Influence in Virtual Environments
- Active Video Games: Impacts and Research
- Serious Games: What Are They? What Do They Do? Why Should We Play Them?
- Violent Video Games and Aggression
- Children, Adolescents, and the Internet: Are There Risks Online?
- Pathological Technology Addictions: What Is Scientifically Known and What Remains to Be Learned
- Video Games and Attention
- A General Framework for Media Psychology Scholarship
- Engaging with Stories and Characters: Learning, Persuasion, and Transportation into Narrative Worlds
- The Political Narrative of Children's Media Research
- Media Psychophysiology: The Brain and Beyond
- The Japanese Approach to Research on the Psychological Effects of Media Use
- Media Content Analysis: Qualitative Methods
- Media Psychology: Past, Present, and Future
Abstract and Keywords
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.
Erik M. Gregory, Organizational and Leadership Psychology, Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, Boston, MA
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