Seductive Screens

Children's Media: Past, Present, and Future

by Dr. Michael Brody

Seductive Screens: Children's Media, Past, Present and Future describes the development of child media from its early beginnings on radio to the millions of postings on Facebook. The book explains the collision of economics, psychology, needs of parents, and technology in creating the perfect storm for kid's media growth. Many related issues are discussed as they affect children's media including education, civility, celebrity, violence, play, and child rearing. There is a special emphasis on the influence of Disney, Sesame Street and Batman. Using case studies, and his own ambivalence expressed by personal anecdotes, the author places this important subject in a psychological context. The reader is encouraged to add their input to the discussion as questions follow most chapters.

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Children's Media: Past, Present, and Future by Dr. Michael Brody


Dr. Brody is a Board-Certified practicing adult and child psychiatrist. He is Chair of the Media Committee of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Liaison to the American Academy of Pediatrics, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland. He had been one of the key advocates in the creation of the Children's TV Ratings, and COPPA (Children's Online privacy and Protection Act). He has published widely.Most recently, he has written chapters on Toys for The St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, and Batman in Using Superheroes in Counseling and Play Therapy as well Barbie versus Mr. Potato Head in Magical Moments of Change. He is the co- author of Messages: Self Help Through Popular Culture.

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