COM 410: Mass Media and ChildrenProfessor Renee HobbsFall 2012UPDATED SYLLABUS AS OF OCTOBER 14, 2012

PART I

PERSPECTIVES: GROWING UP WITH MEDIA & TECHNOLOGY

Week 1
9/6

Introduction to the Course

Week 2
9/11

Media and Child Development


VIEW/READ: Digital Nation. Relationships, Parenting. Boston: WGBH Frontline.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/digitalnation/relationships/parenting/

READ: Cordes, C. and Miller, E. (2002). Fool’s Gold: A Critical Look at Computers in Childhood. Chapters 1 - 2.

READ: NAEYC Position Paper on Technology in Early Childhood (2012)
http://issuu.com/naeyc/docs/ps_technology_issuu_may2012

SLIDES
Week 2
9/13

Family Influences


READ: Valcke, M., Bonte, S., De Wever, B. and Rots, I. (2010). Internet parenting styles and the impact on Internet use of primary school children. Computers and Education 55: 454 – 464.

READ:Hobbs, R. & RobbGrieco, M. (in press). African-American children’s active reasoning about media texts as a precursor to media literacy. Journal of Children and Media 6(4).
SLIDES.

DUE: INFORMAL WRITING #1: MEDIA IN MY CHILDHOOD
Week 3
9/18

Babies, Preschoolers and Media


Sesame Street. VIEW: The Sesame Street Experiment, 1989
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QTmpLYcWUs

READ: Guernsey, Screen Time (Chapters 1 – 6)
Week 3
9/20

Parenting and Teaching Strategies


READ:Guernsey, Screen Time (Chapters 7 – 12)

READ: Hobbs, R., Yoon, J., Al-Humaidan,R., Ebrahimi, A. & Cabral, N. (2011). Online digital media in elementary school. Journal of Middle East Media 7(1), 1 – 23. Available: http://www2.gsu.edu/~wwwaus/JMEM_home.html

DUE: INFORMAL WRITING #2: CREATE A PPT SLIDE PRESENTATION, Guernsey

PART II

CHILDREN’S MEDIA INDUSTRY – Past, Present and Future

Week 4
9/25

The Children’s Media Industry

Hasbro Hub. VIEW: http://www.hubworld.com/
iCarly. VIEW: http://icarly.com
PBSKids. VIEW: http://pbskids.org

READ: Jensen, E. (2012, August 31). PBS is going back to the neighborhood. New York Times.
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/02/arts/television/daniel-tigers-neighborhood-in-mr-rogerss-tradition.html?pagewanted=all

READ: One of the KidScreen Magazines (Fall, 2012, Summer 2012, May-June 2012)
Week 4
9/27

Producing Children’s Media, Part I

PLAY: My Pop Studio (www.mypopstudio.com)

READ: London, R. (2007). In J. Alison Bryant (Ed.), The Children’s Television Community. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum Associates (pgs. 77 – 94).

DUE: INFORMAL WRITING #3
Week 5
10/2

Children’s Media Past and Present

LISTEN: National Public Radio, Local Children’s Television
http://www.npr.org/programs/morning/features/2002/may/kidstv/

READ: Voice of America (2004). This is America: History of Children’s Television. Available online:
http://www.voanews.com/specialenglish/archive/2004-05/a-2004-05-23-1-1.cfm
Week 5
10/4

Critical Questions about Children's Media

Clifford and Friends / Boy Meets World / BBC Newsround

DUE: INFORMAL WRITING #4
Week 6
10/9

Children’s Media Advocacy Groups

READ: CommonSense Media (www.commonsensemedia.org)
READ: Yogiplay.com http://www.yogiplay.com/main/
DUE: Pitch Your Children's Media Project
Week 6
10/11

Defining Digital Literacy: In Turkey and Around the World

Digital Literacy PPT

DUE: Informal #5: Create a Children's Media Product

PART III

EMPOWERMENT AND PROTECTION DISCOURSES

Week 7
10/16

Regulation of Children's Media


READ: Jordan, A. (2008). Children’s Media Policy. Future of Children 18, 235 – 250.
Week 7
10/18

Digital Media in the Lives of Teens


VIEW: DIGITAL NATION

DUE: IN-CLASS ACTIVITY #6, Comparison/Contrast w Research
Week 8
10/23

Family Context of Media Use


READ: Livingstone, S. (2002). Young People and New Media. Chapter 5. Living Together Separately: The Family Context of Media Use. Sage: London (pp. 166 - 210).
Week 8
10/25

Living and Learning with New Media


READ: Ito (pps. 1 – 83

LISTEN: “OMG! Expert Says Today’s Kids are Stupid.” National Public Radio. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=90755433
Week 9
10/30

HURRICANE SANDY

Week 9
11/1

Midterm Examination


Week 10
11/6 – Election Day, No Class (make up day 11/7)

11/8

Violent Media and Aggressive Behavior


READ: Buckingham, D. (1996). Chapter 4. Distress and Delight: Children’s Experience of Horror. In Moving Images: Understanding Children’s Emotional Responses to Television. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press (pgs. 95 – 138).

VIDEO: View and Discuss. Beyond Good and Evil.
Week 11
11/13

Internet Safety, Celebrity Culture & Digital Citizenship


READ: Gibbs, N. (2010). The Case for Keeping Out. Time Magazine, July 12.

READ: Cassell, Justine, and Meg Cramer. High Tech or High Risk: Moral Panics about Girls Online. Digital Youth, Innovation, and the Unexpected. Edited by TaraMcPherson. The John D. and Catherine T.MacArthur Foundation Series on Digital Media and Learning. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2008. 53–76.

PART IV

THE FUTURE OF CHILDREN’S MEDIA

Week 11
11/15

Consulting Session on Final Projects

Week 12
11/20
Thanksgiving

Digital and Media Literacy Education in the Elementary Grades


Powerful Voices for Kids. VIEW: http://powerfulvoicesforkids.com

READ: Hobbs, R. , Cohn-Geltner, H. & Landis, J. (2011). Views on the news: Media literacy empowerment competencies in the elementary grades. In C. Von Feilitzen, U. Carlsson & C. Bucht (Eds.). New questions, new insights, new approaches. The International Clearinghouse on Children, Youth and Media. NORDICOM. University of Gothenburg, Sweden (pp. 43 – 56).
Week 13
11/27
11/29

Student Presentations

Week 14
12/4
12/6

Student Presentations and Wrap Up


DUE: Final Project