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The Internet Playground [Paperback]

Ellen Seiter

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Book Description

Feb. 26 2007 0820471240 978-0820471242 2
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.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 121 pages
  • Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing; 2 edition (Feb. 26 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0820471240
  • ISBN-13: 978-0820471242
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 23.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,002,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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«'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)

About the Author

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’.

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4.0 out of 5 stars desolate playground? Aug. 6 2005
By W Boudville - Published on Amazon.com
Seiter may be correct. The Internet has certainly seen its share of hype in all types of fields. And the education of young children is one of these. Much of the so-called educational opportunities available on the Internet to them are rather limited, as Seiter points out in her analysis. In part, this may be because vendors cannot figure out a viable business model, since their audience has no or little direct purchasing power. But the more compelling reason may simply be that an effective educational website is far harder to develop than might be apparent. And that no one to date has succeeded in doing so.

So what we are left with is the equivalent of commercials masquerading as education.

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