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

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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

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?

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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

Social media as a way around advertising regulations

An interesting article describing how junk food companies work to finesse their way around laws established in Australia to stem the consumption of junky foods by kids. The technique is simple: go directly to advertising to kids on Facebook. Apparently Australian legislators have set limits on junk food advertising to kids on TV but not via the social media. Continue reading

Keeping up with what your children are watching

A thoughtful and hopeful article since it demonstrates how parents are beginning to understand the value of both limiting screen time for kids and being discerning about what kids actually consume while in front of media machines. Continue reading