Step Monitor Your Kids Media Consumption

There is no denying that television, the Internet, radio shows, music, movies, and video games are saturating our kids with violent, cruel images, and many newspaper and magazine stories are capitalizing on the sensational and the horrific. This saturation does have an impact on our kids' behavior and attitudes. For instance, research shows that children who have been repeatedly exposed to more violent television programming are less likely to demonstrate kindness by helping younger kids who are in trouble. Madeline Levine, author of See No Evil, also points out: "Numerous studies have shown that the more people watch media violence, the less sensitive they become to it." So monitor what your kid watches and listens to. Add parental filters to your computer, and set clear standards for TV, CDs, video games, and movies.

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