Media Exposure During Infancy and Early Childhood

The Effects of Content and Context on Learning and Development

  • Rachel Barr
  • Deborah Nichols Linebarger

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Daniel Hipp, Peter Gerhardstein, Laura Zimmermann, Alecia Moser, Gemma Taylor, Rachel Barr
    Pages 33-54
  3. Kara Garrity Liebeskind, Alison Bryant
    Pages 55-63
  4. Daniel R. Anderson, Katherine G. Hanson
    Pages 173-194
  5. Jennifer M. Zosh, Sarah Roseberry Lytle, Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek
    Pages 259-282
  6. Deborah Nichols Linebarger, Rachel Barr
    Pages 291-296
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 297-303

About this book


This book discusses the burgeoning world of young children’s exposure to educational media and its myriad implications for research, theory, practice, and policy. Experts across academic disciplines and the media fill knowledge gaps and address concerns regarding apps, eBooks, and other screen-based technologies—which are being used by younger and younger children—and content delivery and design. Current research shows the developmental nuances of the child as learner in home, school, and mobile contexts, and the changes as parenting and pedagogy accommodate the complexities of the new interactive world. The book also covers methods for evaluating the quality of new media and prosocial digital innovations such as video support for separated families and specialized apps for at-risk toddlers.


Highlights of the coverage:

  • The role of content and context on learning and development from mobile media.
  • Learning from TV and touchscreens during early childhood 
  • Educational preschool programming.
  • How producers craft engaging characters to drive content delivery.
  • The parental media mediation context of young children’s media use.
  • Supporting children to find their own agency in learning.

Media Exposure During Infancy and Early Childhood is an essential resource for researchers, clinicians and related professionals, and graduate students in diverse fields including infancy and early childhood development, child and school psychology, social work, pediatrics, and educational psychology.


At-risk populations and early child development Cultural, linguistic, and socio-economic diversity Domestic and international media development Early child development and media Implications of media exposure on young children Infant learning and cognition Infants and media exposure Media and early child development Media content and policy Mobile devices and early child development Parasocial interactions in infants Parent-child interactions Preschoolers and media exposure Resilience in infants Selective attention in infants Skype and early child development Tablets and early child development Television and early child development Touchscreens and early child development Transfer deficit in infants

Editors and affiliations

  • Rachel Barr
    • 1
  • Deborah Nichols Linebarger
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyGeorgetown UniversityWashingtonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Human DevelopmentPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA

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