Adult material is always just a few clicks away

One of those scary truths that should send a few chills down a few parental spines: any kid with a computer and access to the Internet is just a few clicks away from gritty adult videos on YouTube and porn sites of the most salacious type. Continue reading

Media touches on every health concern of young people

A concise statement about how the American Academy of Pediatrics has taken a strong stand on the potential pitfalls of the media on the lives of their young patients. Dr. David Hill, the chairman-elect of the American Academy’s committee on communications and the media, is working to get pediatricians more and more concerned about media issues so that pediatricians will be able to discuss the matter during regular wellness visits with their young patients and parents. Continue reading

The media places startling limits on female roles

“Research shows the more hours of television a girl watched, the fewer options she has in life,” stated Academy Award winning actress Geena Davis, as she summed up some recent research on females and the media. Continue reading

Very few “family-friendly” films feature strong female leads

A recent study from the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism found that only 28.3% of speaking characters in family films are female. Few stories are gender-balanced. Continue reading

Social Media used as a cruel tool in divorce

A simple article that makes a subtle point about how, if there is acrimony or cooperation at the heart of a divorce, then social media such as email or Facebook can make its way into the family dynamics, be it to magnify problems or enhance cooperation. In short, social media becomes a family member. Continue reading

“Puberty Before Age 10: A New Normal?” in the New York Times Magazine

Upon reading this arresting article by Elizabeth Weil about some girls entering puberty today before the age of 10, I thought it valuable to place the issue in an historical perspective. Continue reading

Smoking, sex in movies influence teens’ choices

A terse article reviewing two recent studies that reiterate two facts well known by social scientists for years: Both teen smoking and early and frequent unsafe sex happen more readily among kids who watch many mainline movies where sex and smoking are glamorized. Continue reading

“Internet porn is making relationships more violent” says UK’s top law chief

A gripping article about a growing problem, apparently in Britain but, also I’m sure in the US.

Let’s outline the main points. First, it is becoming more and more clear that viewing very shocking porn is just a few clicks away for any child sitting in front of a computer. Continue reading

Teens and preteens doing rash and harmful things

Teen could face jail for tweeting names of her assailants Mashable, July 12, 2012: http://mashable.com/2012/07/23/kentucky-teen-twitter-sexual-assaul/ Hook county girls arrested for creating Facebook page Star-Telegram: July 19, 2012: http://www.star-telegram.com/2012/07/19/4110915/granbury-girls-arrested-for-creating.html Diablo 3 Death: Teen dies after playing game for 40 hours straight Huffington Post, … Continue reading

Social Media’s Impact on Children

Times Live, May 15, 2012: www.times.live.co.za/lifestyle/2012/05/15/social-medias-impact-on-kids-merits-bit-debate-expert This brief article describes an interview with Jim Steyer, founder of Common Sense Media, a Bay Area think tank on children and the media. In it, Steyer mentions the potentially positive effect of the … Continue reading