The Death of Childhood
Growing up just isn’t as much fun as they used to be. Today’s parents and grandparents probably remember happier times, when cyberbullying and sexting were unknown terms and kids could play outside after school or actually go to school without fear of being shot. Now, the Internet, cell phones, iPads, and social networking sites – and guns -- have completely changed the complexion of childhood and adolescence.
Following in the footsteps of Neil Postman (Amusing Ourselves to Death, The Disappearance of Childhood), Marie Winn (Children Without Childhood), and Mary Pipher (Reviving Ophelia), this is a BIG book – one that will potentially draw a lot of attention and interest from a wide variety of audiences. The book is meticulously researched and documented.
As the author of most of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ policy statements on children, adolescents, and the media (including the famous 2-hour rule), Dr. Strasburger knows that (a) people love their media (b) people nevertheless completely misunderstand media effects – for example, playing violent video games probably does not lead to mass murders (c) any criticism of the media inevitably leads to the assertion that every new medium breeds hysteria about its negative effects and (d) media can be wonderfully and powerfully pro-social as well as having negative effects. But the media is not the only threat to a peaceful childhood. The government, schools, even parents need to change their methods. Dr. Strasburger has appeared several times on the Today Show, Oprah, CBS This Morning, and NPR and is a go-to media expert in the national print media. He is a Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics Emeritus at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The book is available on Amazon, or it can be obtained from the publisher, Cambridge Scholars Press – email Sam.Neal@Cambridgescholars.com.