Families need time together, away from their media devices

10 simple ways to help your family unplug and reconnect this fall. Herald Times Online, August 31, 2015. A light-hearted and yet telling article. As the author points out, families are now inundated with media in many shapes and sizes. … 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

Limiting screen time for kids

A good summary article of the state of affairs in terms of screen time in childhood, its ill-effects on kids, and some approaches to making a difference. In terms of screen time, the figures are staggering with kids spending many, many hours per day in front of screens while only spending about a half hour daily reading. Continue reading

Medieval public shaming in the digital age

A strange and troubling article that suggests some weird and nettling social trends. In the article an 11 year old girl sends a risque selfie to a same-age boy. The parents find out, and the father responds by cutting off her hair and then sending out social media pics of his hair-shorn child. Bereft and humiliated, the girl takes her life by jumping off a bridge. Continue reading

You can eat just one

A humorous and telling article about the problem of over-eating and its connection with the culture at large. The author describes his grandfather, who grew up in Europe during WW II and who suffered at times from caloric deprivation. the author recalls an incident in which his grandfather enjoyed with much pleasure one Pringle and then put the container away and went on with his life. Continue reading

More on the effects of violent media


A worthwhile article whose title is misleading and whose conclusion must be placed in context. The article involves about 200 kids whose media diet is calculated and whose proneness toward aggression is then evaluated through perceptions of their teachers. The conclusion is that kids who watch about 1 hour or less of violent media per day may actually be less violent than the average child, but children who watch three hours or more of violent media not only are more prone to aggression but also likely to perform more poorly in school. Continue reading

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