• Patti Valkenburg, Universiteit van Amsterdam

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Plugged In: How Media Attract and Affect Youth

Now, as never before, young people are surrounded by media—thanks to the sophistication and portability of the technology that puts it literally in the palms of their hands. Drawing on data and empirical research that cross many fields and continents, authors Valkenburg and Piotrowski examine the role of media in the lives of children from birth through adolescence, addressing the complex issues of how media affect the young and what adults can do to encourage responsible use in an age of selfies, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

This important study looks at both the sunny and the dark side of media use by today’s youth, including why and how their preferences change throughout childhood, whether digital gaming is harmful or helpful, the effects of placing tablets and smartphones in the hands of toddlers, the susceptibility of young people to online advertising, the legitimacy of parental concerns about media multitasking, and more.


“Patti Valkenburg is a prominent scholar of media and children and one of the most prolific scholars of communication globally. Jessica Taylor Piotrowski is a rising star in our field and one of the leading scholars of the upcoming generation. Together, these two are a powerhouse.
Dafna Lemish, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

“Screen media are among the most pervasive influences in the lives of infants, children, and adolescents. A cutting-edge and forward-thinking book of this sort is greatly needed.”
Heather Kirkorian, University of Wisconsin-Madison


23 October 2017

Patti Valkenburg on Facebook’s new teen app TBH


Matthew Reynolds, journalist of the renowned tech magazine WIRED, discusses the possible implications of Facebook’s new App tbh (to be honest). Can such apps really improve the mental health of teens? Patti Valkenburg was asked to summarize the state of the art of research on the positive consequences of social media for teens. You can read the full article here.

18 oktober 2017

Patti Valkenburg nieuw lid van het NRC opvoedpanel

Elke week legt journaliste Annemiek Leclaire in het NRC Handelsblad een lezersvraag over opvoeding voor aan een groep deskundigen. In de krant van 28 september reageerde Patti Valkenburg op de vraag van een moeder: Hoe bescherm je een kind tegen het leed dat via de media voorbij komt? Haar antwoord en het gehele artikel is hier te lezen. In de toekomst zal Patti Valkenburg als lid van het opvoedpanel van de NRC vaker ingaan op vragen van NRC lezers, die betrekking hebben op haar expertisegebied.

Patti Valkenburg

Media Jeugd en Samenleving
Universiteit van Amsterdam

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RT @biekezaman: Pleased to announce the publication of our Special Issue on “Young Children’s Use of Digital Media and Parental Mediation”…

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