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Video Game Addiction, Obsession, or Habit: How Much is Too Much?

I am often asked some variant of this question, and a few of my recent cases have stimulated me to explore more evidence-based answers to …

Movie Ratings: What You Should Know About It

Your 12-year-old child wants to see the newest movie that’s all the rage. You’re not sure it’s appropriate for your child to watch. Movie ratings …

Media Influence on Kids: Monster or Magician?

Media influence on kids has become the subject of increased focus by parents, educators, and healthcare professional. New research has named several areas of influence …

The Anti-Aging Message and our Kids

Cosmetics industry analysts report that expenditures for anti-aging products have created a 15 billion dollar market for creams, injections, and compounds that promise to slow …

Are 3-D Movies and TV Harmful to Children?

How long has 3-D technology been around?  Most of us might think of crowds of teenagers in a 1950’s movie house watching horror flicks like …

Violent Video Game Debate

Violent video games have been defined by California law as one that involves “killing, maiming, dismembering or sexually assaulting an image of a human being” …

Simple Steps to Protect Kids Against Media Influence

Children and adolescents spend, on average, more than seven hours a day with media, including television, the Internet, social media, texting, movies, music and video …

Reviewing Parental Control Software

I don’t know about you, but I spent what seemed like endless hours on the phone as a teenager talking to friends about everything and …

TV and Video Game Time Associated with Psychological Problems

A recent study published in Pediatrics indicates that children who watch television or play computer games more than two hours a day have a higher …

Puberty starts younger and younger . . . Should we be doing something?

Developmental experts have been writing about it for years. The age of onset of puberty has been decreasing steadily over the past two decades, now …

Turn Down the Volume: Noise and Kids

Unfortunately, for some this message is coming too late. U.S. government survey data shows that approximately 5.2 million children ages 6 to 19 already have …

Cyber-bullying – An Explanation

Cyberbullying has increased along with the popularity of the internet. To effectively qualm cyber bullying, it is important not only to know the meaning of …

Sexual Media Influences Teen Decisions About Sex

The media recently reported that a popular clothing retailer has decided to reintroduce a catalogue that includes semi-nude, young models for distribution to their 18-years-and-older …

Cyber Bullying

Bullying is no longer about the strong picking on the weak in the schoolyard. Many students are using texting, e-mails, chat rooms and social networks …

The Internet Dilemma

Children are learning at a very young age to use the internet to gather information and to connect with friends. It is important to make …

What Are Your Kids Doing Right Now?

I am a child of the 50’s when radio, record players and TV were the main sources of media entertainment within the home. I spent …