Parents finally seem to be taking notice

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An article in a local newspaper in Lexington, Massachusetts that describes an event with three media experts held at a high school for parents. This subject is the impact of media violence on kids. Dr. Michael Rich of Boston Children’s Hospital leads off with a clear statement that parents should limit all exposure, and let me repeat, all exposure to media violence for kids. He refers to a recent study that kids who watch Barney are often happy and enthusiastic whereas kids who watch Power Rangers often behave in violent ways. This is a clear if provocative position, I would say. Continue reading

Are children fascinated by gun violence?

A short but telling article regarding an interview of a doctor specializing in public health and children. She makes three very interesting points and clarifies how this cluster of factors weave together to create problems for children in American society. Continue reading

Fatal shooting not as simple as it appears

A disturbing case of a boy of eight who shot his grandmother with a 38 caliber handgun moments after he was playing video game Grand Theft Auto. Though the specifics are still unclear, we are told that he had a loving relationship with his grandmother but that he may have shot her intentionally. Continue reading

More comments on “Media reinforce fears”

Although I’ve posted about this article before, I have a few more thoughts about it. Quite a valuable article that approaches from a different slant the issue of media violence and its connection with real life violence. Whereas many media researchers approach the matter head-on and attempt to study the connection directly and others have approached the matter from the point of media violence leading to desensitization and then positing that desensitization to violence enhance the potential for real life violence, the author of this article works from the well-documented causal connection between media violence and enhanced fear in the viewer. Continue reading

New Jersey bill to educate parents about media violence

An article about how in New Jersey state legislators concerned about media violence are trying to alert parents through the state department of education about the negative effects of media on children. One legislator, who is quoted, is very concerned. She relies in her comments to the press on facts from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry that for instance every child by the age of 18 will have seen 20,000 acts of media violence. Continue reading

Research is showing that media and real-world violence are related

An interesting piece about how the Institute of Medicine is driving research on the interplay of media violence and gun deaths further than ever before. Though the IOM does acknowledge that there is certainly a correlation between exposure to media violence and real life violence generally, connecting this media violence to gun violence is more specific and therefore problematic. Continue reading

Media violence has dire effects on children

An excellent article that should be read and reread by those concerned about media violence.

As Ms. Brown correctly states, the major professional organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the AMA have all squarely concluded that media violence has dire effects on children. This included emotional numbing to violence, increased fear and greater proneness to seeing violence as a way to solve a problem and then resorting to it more readily. Continue reading

Media pervasiveness is often taken for granted

Yet another story about how the media so totally becomes part and parcel of the lives of American teens in ways they can barely comprehend. Two teen males repeatedly rape a drunken teenage girl. First in a car and then in a basement. Terrible behaviors and ensuing trauma that has plagued the world of teens for centuries. What makes matters different here is the boys’ making pictures of it and sending it out on their cellphones, presumably on a lark. Continue reading

Violent media impacts how an individual sees the world

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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

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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