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Square eyes : children, screen time and fun

Author: Emily Booker
Publisher: Clayton, Victoria, Australia : Monash University Publishing, [2018] ©2018
Series: Cultural studies (Monash University)
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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If our toddlers had been outside playing in the `fresh air', speaking words precociously or giggling with delight at something `real', we would have happily celebrated this behaviour. But we weren't about to admit that our children were excited about television. Being happy about our children watching the `idiot box' was not something we could admit to. Troubled by what her daughter was watching, and by how this  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Emily Booker
ISBN: 9781925523584 1925523586
OCLC Number: 1023532447
Description: xviii, 311 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Television, terrors : psychopaths, couch potatoes and panics --
2. Innocence or ignorance? How we safeguard children in our own interest --
3. Let's just have fun: entertainment and why it matters --
4. The funniest thing in the world --
5. Sharing pleasure, humour and the 'feel' of utopia.
Series Title: Cultural studies (Monash University)
Responsibility: Emily Booker.

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If our toddlers had been outside playing in the `fresh air', speaking words precociously or giggling with delight at something `real', we would have happily celebrated this behaviour. But we weren't about to admit that our children were excited about television. Being happy about our children watching the `idiot box' was not something we could admit to. Troubled by what her daughter was watching, and by how this made her feel as a parent, Emily Booker set out to learn more about children and television: listening not only to scholars and experts in the field, but to children themselves. What she found was that the `problem' of children's addiction to screens is actually, in part, a grown-ups' problem. Speaking to children about what they watch and why reveals a steadily consistent response: they love to seek out programs that are `fun'. But their choices are often a source of anxiety for parents, and appear to provoke a need to censure and control the child's enjoyment. At a time when children's lives are increasingly regulated, and the pressures of parenting are felt ever more keenly, this important book teaches us much about the value of entertainment, not only for children but for adults.

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