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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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  • More arguments against overexposing kids to media violence

    A fine article penned by a child psychologist in Toronto, which lays out the compelling argument that violent media viewing, especially when undertaken in great amounts, plays a serious role in children behaving in a violent manner. This violence can involve verbal violence, bullying, pushing and shoving. But the notion that the child is simply being imitative is key. Continue reading

  • Studies on video game violence lack nuance

    A review of a recent study on the link between violent video games and real life violence among youths. Per usual, the study shows a link and per usual, the debate is how central violent video games are in fomenting violent acts versus other factors, like family violence or poverty. Continue reading

  • Our culture is steeped in violence
    Our culture is steeped in violence

    A timely article given the sheer number of mass shootings that are rocking the nation. The last two big ones - at the Planned Parenthood clinic and in San Bernadino - are beyond troubling... Continue reading

  • Families need time together, away from their media devices

    A light-hearted and yet telling article. As the author points out, families are now inundated with media in many shapes and sizes. The key now is for families to face this problem squarely and work quite consciously and deliberately to reclaim their kids and their families. Continue reading

  • Seeking help for media addiction

    An article at once funny and sad. It's written by a bona fide internet addict who is undergoing treatment for his addiction at the Nightingale Hospital in London in a private clinic for individuals with this relatively new but quickly spreading form of addiction. Continue reading

  • Setting a bad example

    A telling and rather sad article about a very common experience in many American families: It's not just the kids who can't seem to disconnect from their media machines but also the parents. Continue reading

  • Limiting our teens’ access to media

    A great article about how concerned Catholic parents are dealing with their kids involvement with the internet. Though many parents, and certainly many American corporations, would disagree with these parents ways of proceeding, they do offer food for thought. Continue reading