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Media Bombardment

Child looking at cell phone

​​​​This information is included in our Guide to Parenting through Crisis. Click here to see the rest of the guide.

We live in an age of ultra-information. Kids are showered in a media downpour of videos, songs, television, computer programs, movies and magazines. Images, sounds, ideas and sensations come rushing in at the click of a mouse or the tap of a keypad. With all these messages, kids can't avoid being affected.

This abundance of media can offer a wonderful new world of excitement and discovery for children. But it can also open up an undesirable world of negative, harmful messages your child may not be r​eady to handle. As a parent, you must protect your child by helping him or her separate the good from the bad. 

Here are some helpful hints:

  • Be a good role model and exhibit good behavior.
  • Set a limit on the amount of time your kids can watch television.
  • Remember that computers can drain the brain, too. Limit computer use as well.
  • Offer your kids other recreational choices.
  • Make TV viewing contingent on reading or doing homework.
  • Monitor and evaluate what your kids are watching, listening to, or logging on to. Make sure your kids are staying safe online.
  • Encourage your children to choose quality programs.
  • Watch TV and movies with your kids.
  • Teach your kids how to evaluate media messages.

From: Who's Raising Your Child?, by Laura J. Buddenberg and Kathleen M. McGee