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Written by an international expert on the effects of media on children, The Death of Childhood provides a fascinating and sobering look at what it means to grow up in America today. Following in the footsteps of Neil Postman, Marie Winn, and Mary Pipher, this riveting and heart-breaking book is an obituary to childhood, exploring its origins and tracing its progress to what could be its bitter end in the early 21st century if we don't act now to resuscitate it.
No longer are we raising children in the idyllic world that many of today's grandparents and parents rememberâ "a world filled with kick-the-can, unsupervised bike adventures and dog-walking, and the freedom to explore. Now, thanks to the Internet, new technology, and social networking, the complexion of childhood has changed and there are no adult "secrets" anymore "the answer to every question exists a fingertip's reach away in cyberspace. It's not just technology and media that are changing, childhood is also suffering the effects of underfunded schools, inattentive parents, a plethora of guns, and a hostile society. Despite all of that, this book shows that there is hope, and offers solutions to restore the charm and innocence of childhood.
Dr. Strasburger founded the Division of Adolescent Medicine at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and practiced general pediatrics and adolescent medicine there for 28 years. He is a Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics Emeritus. Strasburger has lectured all over the world (e.g., China, Japan, Australia, Europe). He has authored 13 books and more than 200 journal articles and book chapters. His textbook, Children, Adolescents, and the Media is used in Communications courses around the counry.