Children, Adolescents, and Media – The future of research and action

Bill has written a chapter for this weighty tome.


Other chapters include ones from our friends at PBS, CPB, EDC, SRI and Boston Children’s Hospital.

About the Book

Bringing together the leading researchers on children, adolescents, and the media, this books offers their cutting-edge, ‘big picture’ ideas for the future of research and scholarship in the field. Individual chapters focus on topics such as the role of big data in media research, digital literacy, parenting in the era of mobile media, media diversity in the digital age, the impact of media on child development, children’s digital rights, the implications of ‘intelligent’ characters and parasocial relationships, and the effectiveness of transmedia for informal education. Several chapters also explore the theoretical and methodological challenges facing children’s media researchers. Offering new directions for research, the contributors consider the implications of the changing media landscape for parents, educators, advocates, and producers. Leading scholars from North America, Europe and Asia, grounded in different theoretical and methodological traditions, join forces to discuss the impact of growing up in a media- saturated world, and to stimulate thinking about the field of children and media in unexpected ways. This book was originally published as two special issues of the Journal of Children and Media.

What’s New in Kids’ Play?

Bill has a new article published entitled “Five hundred years back and five years forward: games and play at a new crossroads” in the tenth anniversary edition of the Journal of Children and Media.

As the abstract notes, it’s “A personal account of the state of educational play and games from Bill Shribman, a long-time producer of digital educational games.” 

It spans his work from CDROM to the present day, but also looks at how children’s play has not changed as much as some may think, with a comparison of modern games and those depicted in Bruegel’s famous painting of kids at play, painted in 1560.

Children's Games painting by Peter Bruegel
Children’s Games painting by Peter Bruegel