Based on four years of experience teaching computers to 8-12 year olds, media scholar Ellen Seiter
offers parents and educators practical advice on what children need to know about the Internet and when they need to know it. The Internet Playground argues that, contrary to the promises of technology boosters, teaching with computers is very difficult. Seiter points out that the Internet today resembles a mall more than it does a library. While children love to play online games, join fan communities, and use online chat and instant messaging, the Internet is also an appallingly aggressive marketer to children and, as this book passionately argues, an educational boondoggle.
The Author: Ellen Seiter
is Professor of Cinema-Television at the University of Southern California where she holds the Stephen K. Nenno Chair in television studies. She is the author of two other books about children and the media:Television and New Media Audiences and Sold Separately: Children and Parents in Consumer Culture.