Not enough excercise

A must-read article about the dangers of too much screen time and the flip-side. Not enough time and energy being expended on actual physical activity had its dangers too. One of the major upshots of the article is that when kids are in front of screens too many hours a day, even though they have done little physical activity, they are often very, very tired. Continue reading

More on managing screen time

A solid article that outlines six basic steps that concerned parents can take to safeguard their kids from the pernicious effects of the media. The sixth mentioned is setting limits on media involvement at bedtime and specifically in bed. Parents setting such limits is no small task, and, further, since many, many families in America have already enshrined screens in the bedrooms of their kids and for that matter in their own bedrooms, this major step would involve many parents needing to make a drastic change in their lifestyles. Continue reading

Managing screen time is a real issue for modern parents

An article with six simple ways to impact positively on a family’s involvement with the media. The ideas are simple but effective. They include parents playing video games and watching media with their children, putting down their own cell phones and electronics to be with their kids, setting limits on time spent with the media, and perhaps quite crucial to any sanity here, the parents getting TVs and electronics out of their children’s bedrooms at bedtime. Continue reading

Parents need to look at their media habits

A short and sad article written by a woman who is a self-proclaimed “screen addict” and who realizes how detrimental this addiction is to her parenting of her kids. She realizes that one of the most serious indications of her addiction is her children often complaining that she spends more time looking at the screen than relating to them. 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