Children and Mobile Phones: Adoption, Use, Impact, and Control

Barrie Gunter
University of Leicester, UK

Product Details
08 May 2019
Emerald Publishing Limited
224 pages - 152 x 229mm
This book provides a resource for readers interested in the issues surrounding mobile phone use by children. Mobile phones are ubiquitous in young people’s lives around the world. Most teenagers and many pre-teenage children have their own mobile phone and carry it around everywhere they go. While the mobile phone remains an important communication device for making and receiving voice calls, technological advances have evolved the typical device far beyond simple functionality. Recent models are multi-functional mini-computers with ever-increasing power that enable users to communicate through a range of channels and to engage in multiple other activities.

For many young people, life without their mobile phone is unimaginable, but mobile phones can be a source of risk and threat. Understanding how they are used and highlighting potential dangers is an essential activity to enable the creation of sensible and acceptable strategies to ensure that benefits are maximised and risks are minimised. Stakeholders such as parents, industry, regulators, government and children themselves all have vested interests in how children use mobile phones and bear some responsibility for young mobile users. 
Chapter 1. Introduction 
Chapter 2. Emergence of Mobile Phoning 
Chapter 3. The Prevalence of Mobile Phones in Children’s Lives 
Chapter 4. Patterns of Mobile Phone Use among Children 
Chapter 5. Gender and Mobile Phone Use 
Chapter 6. Mobile Phones and Kids’ Social Lives 
Chapter 7. Health Risks and Mobile Phones 
Chapter 8. Social Risks and Mobile Phones 
Chapter 9. Mobiles, Texting and Language Use  
Chapter 10. Lasting Impact of Mobile Phones on Children’s Lives 
Chapter 11. Regulating Children’s Use of Mobile Phones
Barrie Gunter is Emeritus Professor in Media at the University of Leicester, UK. He was Head of the Department of Media and Communication at Leicester (2004-2012) and prior to that, founding Professor of Journalism at the University of Sheffield for 10 years. The early part of Barrie’s career was spent in the broadcasting industry in audience research. Barrie is a psychologist by training who has written and contributed to approximately 70 books and over 400 other publications and reports on media, marketing, business and psychology topics.

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