Children’s Sexuality in the Context of Digital Media

Sexualisation, Sexting, and Experiences with Sexual Content in a Research Perspective

Authored by: Liza Tsaliki , Despina Chronaki

The Routledge Companion to Digital Media and Children

Print publication date:  October  2020
Online publication date:  October  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138544345
eBook ISBN: 9781351004107
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781351004107-40

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Abstract

Children’s sexuality is a contested topic in public, policy, and academic debate. Since the diffusion and increasing popularity of digital and online media, fears about children’s experiences with sex-related representations and information have mushroomed, allowing space for assumptions about children being at risk from exposure or engagement with such information. This chapter reflects critically upon the effects and communication risk approaches to children’s sexualisation, and their experiences with sexual content and sexting. It argues for the adoption of cultural studies perspectives that place the debate within its social and historical context and nuanced understandings of children’s sexuality.

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