ROTW: Parents, children, and media

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I’ve been laying low for a few days, giving Did You

Know? 2.0 the opportunity to get some traction. So far, so good,

although I don’t expect it to get as much attention as the first version


Anyway, on with the show. It’s time for the third installment of my

new Report of the Week (ROTW) feature. This week’s

report is from the Kaiser Family


Here’s a quote from the report:

Most parents aren’t very happy with the amount of sex or violence in the

media today. Two-thirds say they are very concerned about the amount of

inappropriate media content children in this country are exposed to, and many

believe media is a major contributor to young people’s violent or sexual

behaviors. In fact, a strong majority would support government regulations on

the amount of such content during the early evening hours. . . . At the same

time, the majority of parents see inappropriate media primarily as someone

else’s problem: only one in five (20%) say their own children are seeing “a lot”

of inappropriate content. The proportion of parents who are “very” concerned

about their own children’s exposure to sex or violence on TV – while still high

– has declined steadily over the past nine years.

I think the Kaiser Family Foundation has a

number of great reports. If you haven’t seen them, also check out their reports

on media in the

lives of 8–18 year-olds, how kids’ media use

helps parents cope, and how Internet filters

affect the search for online health information.

Happy reading!

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