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“There’s huge potential for moral panic when new media technology emerges”

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Media effects researcher Christopher Ferguson says parents shouldn’t worry so much about how much time their children spend in front of a screen. Caroline Smrstik Gentner: In your newly published paper on the effects of screen time on children, you come down clearly on the side of “no harm done”. What conclusions should we draw…

The parallels between adolescents’ online and offline lives

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Meeri Kim: Throughout your career, one of your main research topics has been online communication among adolescents — from the early days of chat rooms to today’s social networking. In what ways does online communication affect teen learning and development? Kaveri Subrahmanyam: For the most part, online communication by adolescents seems to really reflect whatever…

“The virtual world is part of a child’s reality”

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Over the past decades, how our society uses media has fundamentally changed. All of us need to learn to deal with this transformation. As media psychologist Daniel Süss points out, both families and schools play a key role in this context. Eveline von Arx: You have studied the media behavior of children and adolescents for…