Children, Adolescents, and the Media

Faculty in this area examine the processes by which young people interact with media, including mass media (e.g., TV) and networked technologies (e.g., instant messaging). We investigate the implications of how youth use media as part of their social development, the process by which they and their families negotiate this relationship, and how mediated campaigns are used to reach children and adolescents. Our research contributes to a deeper understanding of how kids are implicated in, adapt to, and can shape an emerging digital society. Our recent research includes examinations of targeted health campaigns, copyright and the Internet, the implications of mobile media, identity development in online social networks, and strategies to prevent negative effects of media exposures and interactions.