More arguments against overexposing kids to media violence

How parents can mitigate the effect of media violence on children., February 24, 2014.

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.

The recommendation of the American Academy of Pediatrics is repeated: less than two hours a day of media exposure. The average media exposure per day per child has now reached at least 7. 5 hours.

The article refers the reader to a brief article written by Gene Beresin, MD, who is at present the head of training in child and adolescent psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and an old colleague of mine in Boston, who describes the problem as real and troubling.

From my perspective, the issue is much like global warming, in that most experts see the evidence as compelling, but a few experts disagree. So the lay community sees the experts as disagreeing, and so no changes are really made.