day, children are bombarded by messages and images from the
mediamessages about how to behave, what choices to make and what
to think. Children even try to emulate what they learn from television,
video games and the Internet. They're more susceptible to these
messages than adults, because they haven't developed good judgment
or the ability to process the information they're given.
The Other Parent: The
Inside Story of the Media's Effect on Our Children
by James P. Steyer, Chelsea Clinton
Steyer's investigation into how media affects children.
Think about it. If another adult spent five or six hours a day
with your kids, regularly exposing them to sex, violence and rampantly
commercial values, you would probably forbid that person to have
further contact with your children. Our kids are learning to live
in an adult world before they are ready. They are besieged by
images of sex, commercialism, and violence via mainstream programming.
Interested in Responsible Media Founded by James Steyer, F.I.R.M.
is dedicated to helping families deal with today's media. To give
parents tools and resources so they can make better choices.
Violence -- American children and adolescents are exposed to
increasing amounts of media violence, especially in television,
movies, video games, and youth-oriented music. By 18, the average
young person will have viewed 200,000 acts of violence on television.
to place the blame? -- Families of 3 students killed in a 1997
high school shooting rampage blame media violence . They sued entertainment
companies for $130 million, charging violent computer games, Internet
porn and a Leonardo DiCaprio movie contributed to the attack.
-- Despite the ratings system, children under 17 are able to rent
and buy tickets to R-rated movies with relative ease.
Journalism -- Rolling Stone's crime reports misrepresent young
people and America's violence. Other than experts such as Princeton's
John DiIulio ("adolescent superpredator") and Northeastern University's
James Alan Fox, ("teenage crime storm") few have contributed more
to the misportrayal of teenage crime in America than Randall Sullivan,
Rolling Stone's contributing editor.
Frederic Wertham -- A psychiatrist warned "comic books and the
comic book culture in which we force children to live." By 1964,
he was coming down hard on television as "a school for violence."
and Violent Play -- Jane Katch reflects on her students' violent
fantasy play and real violence. She talks about students' favorite
games, such as suicide, and how parents and schools can work together
to limit exposure to media violence. Tips for setting rules for
recess and getting parents to set rules about media and violence.
-- The Internet offers constructive opportunities for learning,
entertainment, and personal growth but parents are concerned about
the risks online. The challenge is for parents to educate themselves
and their children about how to use the Internet safely.
Privacy Alliance -- Online communications provides tremendous
opportunities and unique challenges for young children who do not
understand the consequences of giving out personal information online.
Kids & Communications -- The FCC is providing parents with tools
and ideas for communications technologies in broadcast television,
cable television, the telephone and the Internet. For more information
on any communications-related issues, contact the FCC at [email protected],
or 1-888-CALL-FCC (TTY 1-888-TELL-FCC).
Network, formerly TV-Free America -- Rather than waiting for
others to make "better" TV, we can turn it off and reclaim time
for our families, our friends, and for ourselves.
to Kid's TV
can help you choose good programs for your children. Along with
reading, playing and time with you, the right mix of children's
television can spur curiosity and discovery. American
Academy of Pediatrics
Myths about Teenagers -- Today's media portrayals of teens employ
the stereotypes once openly applied to racial and ethnic groups:
violent, reckless, hypersexed, welfare-draining, obnoxious, ignorant.
youth? -- Cheap,
easily purchased firearms. Bomb-making instructions on the Internet.
Ultraviolent pop-culture images. Oppressive teenage cliques. Stressed-out,
neglectful parents. Stressed-out, angry kids.
Book Police -- Deemed offensive a memoir by Maya Angelou was
threatened with censorship.
No Evil: A Guide to Protecting Our Children from Media Violence
by Madeline Levine
Teaching Our Kids to Kill: A Call to Action Against TV, Movie
and Video Game Violence
by Dave Grossman, Gloria Degaetano, David Grossman
The goal of this book is to make people aware of
what the prolific use of violence in television, movies, and video
games is doing to our children. Teaching Our Kids to Kill calls
to the table the makers of this violence to address the myriad
scientific research on the subject--research that couldn't make
it clearer how solid and deadly the link is between this kind
of graphic imagery and the escalating incidences of youth violence--and
understand and change what they are doing and the dangerous effects
their products are having on our children.