Step Monitor Media Consumption

Kids learn attitudes about temper not only from directly watching parents, teachers, and their peers but also from observing characters in books, movies, and television. And what they are watching is troubling. The typical preschooler who watches about two hours of cartoons daily will be exposed to 10,000 violent incidents per year. By the end of elementary school, the average child will have witnessed 8,000 murders and by age eighteen, 200,000 other vivid acts of violence on the TV screen.

And all those violent images do affect our kids. The American Academy of Pediatrics and five other prominent medical groups conclude that "viewing entertainment violence can lead to increases in aggressive attitudes, values and behavior, particularly in children." The American Psychological Association estimates that televised violence by itself contributes up to as much as 15 percent of all of kids' aggressive behaviors. Monitor what your kid watches and listen to what she consumes.

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