Young People, Media and Health

Risks and Rights
Editor(s): Cecilia von Feilitzen, Johanna Stenersen

The Clearinghouse Yearbook 2014 focuses on children and young people in relation to media and health issues. Such issues represent central debates in contemporary society and pose major challenges for researchers and practitioners in a number of fields. The various contributions in the book provide different perspectives on the ways in which media and health are interrelated.

Several contributions deal with possible risks to the health and well-being of children and young people in relation to their use of media – as viewers, listeners, readers and being on the internet – including research on how media can influence young people’s physical and mental health. Other contributions treat young people’s health and well-being in relation to their rights to access information, express their views and participate in the media (Articles 12, 13 and 17 in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child). Media can, thus, also become powerful tools for participation and inclusion in groups and society.


Foreword and Introduction: Young People, Media and Health: Risks and Rights
Cecilia von Feilitzen, Johanna Stenersen

Media Use and Health Risks

The Relationship between Offline and Online Risks
Leslie Haddon, Sonia Livingstone

Socially Disadvantaged Children, Media and Health
Ingrid Paus-Hasebrink, Jasmin Kulterer

Mediated Violence and Related Risk Factors: Examples and Reflections
Cecilia von Feilitzen

Stealing Children’s Innocence in Egypt: Media Literacy, Human Rights and Roads of Violence
Ibrahim Saleh

Sexualisation and Children’s Relationship with the Media
Jeanne Prinsloo

Policy Statement – Children, Adolescents, Obesity, and the Media
American Academy of Pediatrics

Impact of Excessive Media Exposure on Sleep and Memory in Children and Adolescents
Markus Dworak, Alfred Wiater

Too Many Screens, Too Much Stuff: How Media, Marketing and Commercialization Are Harming Children’s Health
Susan Linn

Food Marketing and Child Health
Moniek Buijzen, Esther Rozendaal, Simone M. de Droog

The Right to Participation – Communication for Health and Social Change

Communication and Health of Children and Adolescents in Latin America: Toward a Child and Adolescent-centered Approach
Rafael Obregón, Ángela Rojas Martínez

Body Politics and the Mediated Body: Young Women in Nicaragua Talk about Sexual and Reproductive Rights
Johanna Stenersen

Youth, Media, and Respectful Conversations about Health: Lessons Learned from an Exemplary Project in Nepal
Arvind Singhal

Children as Agents for Social Change: Soul Buddyz and Soul Buddyz Club
Susan Goldstein

Talking about Violence with Children: A Case Study of Children’s Participation in the Communication Plan on Stopping Violence against Children in China
Bu Wei

Statistical Indicators on Children in the World: Demographics, Economic indicators, Education and media & Healt

The Authors