• Ellis Cashmore
  • Jamie Cleland
  • Kevin Dixon


These were two of many responses from our Screen Society participants that consistently referred to a new culture of contemporary childhood that primarily centred on the regular and widespread consumption of new media technology via screens. For many children the internet is a world of wonder with endless possibilities to connect, create, communicate, be entertained and acquire knowledge at the end of their fingertips. As soon as they learn to swipe and tap at whatever age they gain access to electronic devices, a child is involved in a process of creative and interactive learning that has limited online boundaries. (Whilst recognising the onset of puberty through post-puberty period of adolescence, for the purposes of this chapter we follow the definition of a child proposed by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child as “a human being below the age of 18 years”.)


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Languages and Social SciencesAston UniversityBirminghamUK
  2. 2.UniSA Business SchoolUniversity of South AustraliaAdelaideAustralia
  3. 3.School of Social Sciences, Humanities and LawTeesside UniversityMiddlesbroughUK

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