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The Internet Playground

Seiter, Ellen

The Internet Playground

Children's Access, Entertainment, and Mis-Education

Series: Popular Culture and Everyday Life - Volume 10

New edition

Year of Publication: 2005

New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2005. XII, 121 pp., 10 ill.
ISBN 978-0-8204-7124-2 pb.  (Softcover)

Weight: 0.200 kg, 0.441 lbs

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Book synopsis

Based on four years of experience teaching computers to 8-12 year olds, media scholar Ellen Seiter offers parents and educators practical advice on what children need to know about the Internet and when they need to know it. The Internet Playground argues that, contrary to the promises of technology boosters, teaching with computers is very difficult. Seiter points out that the Internet today resembles a mall more than it does a library. While children love to play online games, join fan communities, and use online chat and instant messaging, the Internet is also an appallingly aggressive marketer to children and, as this book passionately argues, an educational boondoggle.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

The Author: Ellen Seiter is Professor of Cinema-Television at the University of Southern California where she holds the Stephen K. Nenno Chair in television studies. She is the author of two other books about children and the media:Television and New Media Audiences and Sold Separately: Children and Parents in Consumer Culture.


«‘The Internet Playground’ may well be the most important book you read this year. Ellen Seiter’s close-up study of two California school districts shows how the often-celebrated promotion of computer-based classroom instruction by profit-making firms actually imperils the education of our children and threatens the future of our democracy. Perhaps most important, she concludes with concrete and practical proposals for incorporating computers into educational settings in ways that will serve the needs of students and society alike.» (George Lipsitz, Author of ‘American Studies in a Moment of Danger’)
«‘The Internet Playground’ is a wake-up call in the importance of thinking seriously about relationships between media literacy training and computers in the classroom from one of the most significant contemporary scholars of children’s relationships with popular culture.» (Henry Jenkins, Professor of Comparative Media Studies, MIT)


Popular Culture and Everyday Life. Vol. 10
General Editor: Toby Miller