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On average, the American child is in the company of his parent about 17 hours per week, with the media about 35 hours per week.  Of the two, parent and media, which is more entertaining to the child, and which more critical to his social and emotional development?

When the Media is the ParentOur children are being nurtured and guided by machines — modern media delivery systems – and the media they deliver.  They have taken over the parenting functions that once were performed by human beings.

This may sound like a horror movie plot from the 1950s, but it is a twenty-first century reality. All too often, well-meaning parents have abdicated their roles as nurturers, caregivers, teachers, confidantes, guides, and role models—leaving TV, videogames, movies, smart phones, and the internet to fill in. And our children are paying the price. Continue reading →

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  • The media can be one factor in developing eating disorders
    The media can be one factor in developing eating disorders

    A thoughtful and thorough article about the connection between eating disorders and media immersion. The idea here is that young females especially, but also males, who watch much media - and the average now is at least four hours a day - are constantly being presented with images of female and male beauty that glamorizes slimness. This repetitious act of viewing such thin and beautiful humans becomes embedded in our psyches so that the viewer sees thinness as an ideal, one toward which she or he strives. Continue reading

  • Overwhelming Evidence

    A short scholarly article in the journal Pediatrics that gives an overview of the ill effects of the media on kids. The articles also outlines why the messages of the the academic world are not penetrating the world of the American family. Continue reading

  • Measuring up to the media
    Measuring up to the media

    The idea of a thigh gap is a new one on me, but I think my relative ignorance in this matter only points out how much on the media operates on a level of which parents are not aware. Continue reading

  • Are media devices having a negative impact on young minds?

    An excellent article that captures many, many of my ideas that can now be read in much detail in my book, When the Media is the Parent about how the media world in which our children now are constantly immersed is impacting very negatively on many of our children's psyches. Continue reading

  • Unplugging from social media

    A savvy article written by a journalist whose daughter has decided, seemingly on her own, to set aside her smart phone and live without it. She reports feeling happier and less stressed. An experiment of one, to be sure, but still an idea and an action that many parents wish their kids would replicate. Continue reading

  • Child supermodels?

    An interesting article about a 9-year old Russian supermodel named Kristina Piminova. As the article correctly points out, this lovely young girl is being sexualized by the media and certainly by those who follow her and her various photo spreads. Though she is mostly modeling children's clothing, people who find her attractive are often adults who see her through the lens of sexuality. Continue reading

  • The sexualization of American youth

    A worthwhile article about a documentary that decries the sexualization of American youth, most especially females. The real issue is that we as a nation are now immersed day in, day out in the media... Continue reading