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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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  • Measuring up to the media
    Measuring up to the media

    Rise of the Thigh Gap: Worrying trend for impossibly skinny legs reaches alarming new heights. The Mirror, December 4, 2014. 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

  • 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

  • Obese kids are often ridiculed online

    An article that ties together two problems related to the media. The first is obesity in childhood and adolescence, a problem on the rise in America and the West. Significant causal factors are over-eating of high caloric foods and the sedentary life of so many of our youth. Both of these factors are related to over-consumption of the media by American youth. Continue reading

  • Are kids learning bad behavior from the media?
    Are kids learning bad behavior from the media?

    An excellent and thoughtful article by Greg Trimble with some serious concerns about the troubling way the media is affecting our kids. To be sure, basic issues like the glamorizing of sex and violence come to mind quite easily. But Trimble is writing about something at once more subtle and insidious: role modeling and values. Continue reading