This article was written with the support of Grant 0623821 from the National Science Foundation.
Media as Social Partners: The Social Nature of Young Children’s Learning From Screen Media
Article first published online: 3 FEB 2011
© 2011 The Authors. Child Development © 2011 Society for Research in Child Development, Inc.
Special Issue: Raising Healthy Children
Volume 82, Issue 1, pages 82–95, January/February 2011
How to Cite
Richert, R. A., Robb, M. B. and Smith, E. I. (2011), Media as Social Partners: The Social Nature of Young Children’s Learning From Screen Media. Child Development, 82: 82–95. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2010.01542.x
- Issue published online: 3 FEB 2011
- Article first published online: 3 FEB 2011
Television has become a nearly ubiquitous feature in children’s cultural landscape. A review of the research into young children’s learning from television indicates that the likelihood that children will learn from screen media is influenced by their developing social relationships with on-screen characters, as much as by their developing perception of the screen and their symbolic understanding and comprehension of information presented on screen. Considering the circumstances in which children under 6 years learn from screen media can inform teachers, parents, and researchers about the important nature of social interaction in early learning and development. The findings reviewed in this article suggest the social nature of learning, even learning from screen media.