Youths and Technology


Youth, Popular Culture, and the Media
by Marcelle Haddix, Antero Garcia, and Dentra Price-Dennis

Part of the focus of this chapter is why technology and forms of social media should be used in the classroom.  This reminded me immediately of an episode of Simpsons, Bart Gets a ‘Z’, in which Bart’s new 4th grade teacher makes use of cell phones, texting, Tweeting, Facebook, and Skype to teach his class.  Bart’s parents begin to see an improvement in his classwork as the use of technology is integrated into the classroom. Similarly, this chapter illustrates how modern technologies and forms of social media are important in a student’s learning in the classroom, and while this chapter is directed primarily at school teachers, librarians should also take note as many students spend their time outside of school in the library.  Library programs that focus on using modern technologies can help students to express themselves in and outside of the classroom.  Additionally, the library can act as an access point for these technologies to the students who do not have regular access to them.

Measuring Time Spent with Media
by Vicky Rideout

This article does two things: 1) provide research that shows how kids and teens use technology and dispel some assumptions that some have regarding the effects of technology use and 2) illustrates the difficulties of conducting research on technology usage.  The research in this article only seems to look at single technology use and does not seem to consider technology multitasking, such as watching television and playing a mobile game at the same time, or listening to music on an iPod while doing homework on a computer.


Haddix, M., Garcia, A., and Price-Dennis, D. (2017). Youth, Popular Culture, and the Media: Examining Race, Class, Gender, sexuality, and Social Histories. In Hitchman, K. A., Appleman, D. (eds.)  Adolescent Literacies and Identities: A handbook of practice-based research, (pp. 21-37). New York: Guilford Press.

Rideout, V. (2016). Measuring time spent with media: the Common Sense census of media use by US 8-to 18-year-olds. Journal of Children and Media, 10(1), 138-144.


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