Screen time is also snack time

A worthwhile article that makes some well-known points, if with a few new twists. Another academic center has done research on kids and measured the connection between screen time and obesity. Only they’ve added in a new idea: contrasting the outcome of reading time versus screen time. The outcome: kids definitely do better in terms of weight if they read rather than veg in front of the tube. Continue reading

Violent media impacts how an individual sees the world

A terse article well worth reading. Its author makes an excellent point about how media violence can lead to both fear and real life violence. He turns to the George Gerbner idea of the “mean world syndrome” to explain how consuming over many years a heavy diet of violent media impacts on how an individual sees the world, namely as unsafe. Continue reading

The media is cluttered with acts of violence

An article that hits pretty hard. It makes some serious points, also developed in my book. A main idea is that the media is cluttered more and more frequently with acts of violence. Further, these acts of violence, when viewed so very often by children, do take their toll emotionally and behaviorally. Continue reading

Media can be a good influence as well as a bad one

An article that keys off the recent study published in the scholarly journal PEDIATRICS about how more prosocial shows on TV, etc. can actually enhance children’s positive social tendencies. The idea here is that parents do need to be concerned about not just the quantity of screen time presented to their children but also the quality. Continue reading

Content matters

A good piece that highlights the ongoing work of some researchers at the University of Washington who have been working with families of children age 3 to 5. As the scholarly article in the journal Pediatrics mentioned in this Huff Post article makes clear, kids who watch violent cartoons like Power Rangers are prone to higher levels of aggression. Continue reading

Media immersion may be stunting moral development

A concise and valuable piece by psychologist Jim Taylor that drives home a few major ideas. The media world in which kids immerse themselves is often violent, highly sexual and glamorizing of drugs and alcohol. These are the issues that grab the headlines. But the underlying world often depicted by the media is often self-centered and uncaring, lacking in empathy or selflessness. Continue reading

Why are serial killer dramas so attractive?

One of the most amazing aspects of serial killer thrillers is how common they have become. As this article clarifies, every channel seems to need a serial killer on the loose to be competitive. Continue reading

Media creations can affect vulnerable minds

A compelling and chilling article about a teen murderer who lived in a gated community in Texas. Jake Evans shot his mom and 15 year-old sister dead with a hand gun. In his confession, he clarifies that he’d watched the movie Halloween three times the day of the murder. Continue reading

Kids spend too much time in front of the TV, at least in the US and Britain

A delightful little article, written by a mother who admits her flaws, about how so many British, and American, children spend so much time in front of TV screens. Interestingly, Continental children not so much. Continue reading

Media creates role models for children

The media creating role models for our kids begins with small things like a child getting a light saber and playing with it or having an Ariel outfit and wearing it on Halloween. This progresses to more complex bit of emulation and imitation, like mouthing lines from the movie and doing play-acting with friends, which could include uses of voice tone and gesture. Continue reading