Parents need to look at their media habits

I know I’m a screen addict and that it hurts my kids. Today’s Parent, July 18, 2015. A short and sad article written by a woman who is a self-proclaimed “screen addict” and who realizes how detrimental this addiction is … Continue reading

Stemming the rising tide of obesity

A recent article in a Canadian paper about the rising tide of obesity in Canada. The numbers match ours. Though certain states in the US are lower than others, for instance Colorado versus Alabama, the fact that obesity has been on the rise since the 1980s in both countries is reason for much alarm. After all, with rising obesity comes much co-morbidity including more heart disease, strokes, and diabetes along with more school and work absenteeism. Continue reading

Media violence: which children are most at risk?

A short if very worthwhile article by a Harvard academic, Gene Beresin, MD, who is director of the training program in child psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, about the effects of media violence on children and adolescents. In this article, Beresin lays out the facts rather simply and effectively. Continue reading

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

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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