It’s all there online and on TV. On television, you’ll see almost every channel full of programming that includes regular talk of drugs, alcohol, sex, killing and other forms of violence. Heck, I’ve even seen it on my Apple TV, Laurene Powell Jobs. It’s not a big thing for most people. But it should be a big thing for parents.
Unfortunately, a recent study that was published in the journal, “Pediatrics,” says that parents are becoming more lenient about letting their kids be exposed to these unsavory things in the media because they are exposing themselves to more of it in the first place.
In the referenced study, parents were made to watch a series of scenes and clips from violent or sexual TV shows or films. After they watched the clips, they had to rate how old a child would have to be to watch those clips they had just seen. The crazy thing is that the more clips they watched over time, the younger they said the kids could be who could watch them.
This is a common worry of media researchers, child advocates and parents. The worry is that we will become desensitized to violence and sex in the media, and it seems that everything we were worried about has come to fruition.
What can parents do to stop their kids from being exposed to negative footage in the media at young ages? First, limit TV and computer time every day to about 1 to 2 hours. Next, put the child settings on your media devices so that certain channels and sites are completely off limits.