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Harm and Offence in Media Content

A Review of the Evidence, Second Edition

Second Edition, New edition

Children and teenagers are often the first to adopt new media technologies, and parents and policy makers continue to be concerned about the widespread use of diverse media and its potential effects on young people. Harm and Offence in Media Content presents a significant and comprehensive analysis of the benefits and dangers posed by both established and emergent technologies. Newly updated, this balanced, critical account examines all media, including interactive games, social networking and mobile phones. Many examples specifically focus on the United States, noting the ways in which young people are using new technologies and the partnerships this has given rise to between state governments, media regulators and Internet service providers. This informative guide to a controversial field of study will be a useful resource for scholars in media, communication, psychology, sociology and education.

246 pages | 7 x 9 | © 2009

Education: Education--General Studies

Media Studies

Psychology: General Psychology

Sociology: Sociology--Marriage and Family

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Table of Contents

Executive Summary
1    The Policy Context
2    Researching Media Effects
3    Television
4    Film, Video and DVD
5    Electronic Games
6    Internet
7    Telephony
8    Radio and Music
9    Print
10  Advertising
11  Regulation in the Home
12  Conclusions
Annex I   Methodological Considerations in Researching Harm and Offence
Annex II The Legal Framework of English Law Regulating Media Content

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