Young & Creative

Digital Technologies Empowering Children in Everyday Life
Editor(s): Ilana Eleá, Lothar Mikos

This book YOUNG & CREATIVE – Digital Technologies Empowering Children in Everyday Life aims to catch different examples where children and youth have been active and creative by their own initiative, driven by intrinsic motivation, personal interests and peer relations. We want to show the opportunities of digital technologies for creative processes of children and young people. The access to digital technology and its growing convergence has allowed young people to experiment active roles as cultural producers. Participation becomes a keyword when “consumers take media into their own hands”. Digital technologies offer the potential of different forms of participatory media culture, and finally creative practices.

YOUNG and CREATIVE is a mix of research articles, interviews and case studies. The target audience of this book is students, professionals and researchers working in the field of education, communication, children and youth studies, new literacy studies and media and information literacy.


Catharina Bucht, Ingela Wadbring

Introduction: Young and Creative: Digital Technologies Empowering Children in Everyday Life
Ilana Eleá, Lothar Mikos

On Creativity

The Rhetorics of Creativity
Shakuntala Banaji

Creativity on YouTube: Considering New Media and the Impulses of the Learner
Danah Henriksen, Megan Hoelting

The Class: Living and Learning in the Digital Age: Interview with Sonia Livingstone

The Creative Youtubers

How YouTube Developed into a Successful Platform for User-Generated Content
Margaret Holland

Top Girls on YouTube: Identity, Participation, and Consumption
Lidia Marôpo, Inês Vitorino Sampaio, Nut Pereira de Miranda

The YouTube Channel RAK TV: A Narrative Interview with Rachel Cócaro, 14 Years Old
Paulo Guimarães, Maria Inês de C. Delorme

​​​​​​Expressions of Creativity Among Children and Youth

“Exclusively for Keitai”: Literary Creativity of Japanese Media Youths
Kyounghwa Yonnie Kim

A Shared Literary Experience: Youth Reading, Creativity and Virtual Performances
Alejandra Ravettino Destefanis

Internet Mukbang (Foodcasting) in South Korea
Seok-Kyeong Hong, Sojeong Park

“Transmedia Storytelling as a Narrative Expansion”: Interview with Carlos Scolari

Conversations on Creativity and Communication
Carmilla Floyd

Collecting and Sharing Creativity

“My Portfolio Helps My Making”: Motivations and Mechanisms for Documenting Creative Projects
Anna Keune, Naomi Thompson, Kylie Peppler, Stephanie Chang

Pockets of Freedom, but Mostly Constraints: Emerging trends in children’s DIY media platforms
Deborah A. Fields, Sara M. Grimes

Peer Teaching and Learning: A Case of Two Five-year-olds as Minecraft Creators
Sara Sintonen, Maj-Britt Kentz, Lasse Lipponen

“Children Love to be Hilariously Silly and Dead-Serious Alike”: Interview with Margret Albers

Training Teachers to Spark Young People’s Creativity

AMORES. Discovering a Love for Literature through Digital Collaboration and Creativity
Geoff Walton, Mark Childs, Janet Hetherington, Gordana Jugo

Bringing Maker Literacies to Early Childhood Education
Jill Scott, Karen Wohlwend

Meeting Change with Creativity: Interview with Kirsten Drotner