Kids' Exposure to Violence and Sex on TV and in the Media - FamilyEducation

Sex and Violence in the Media

It's everywhere. Learn to manage your child's exposure to sex and violence in the media.

7 Ways to Curb Kids' Exposure to Violence

Did you know that U.S. children are more likely to be exposed to violence than adults? According to the U.S. Department of Justice, most American children are regularly exposed to violence — in the media, at home, in school, and in their community — and incidents of violence can affect them throughout their lifetime. Limiting kids' exposure to violence can help reduce the risk of overall violent behavior in children — from bullying and gang violence to school shootings and self-harm — as well as the risk of depression, anxiety, and other mental-health effects of violence. read more

Violence on Television

A parent wonders whether violent TV programming will have a negative influence on her six-year-old? read more

Violent Video Games: Are They Appropriate for Kids?

Violent Video Games: Are They Appropriate for Kids? "What did you do at your friend's house?" you ask your teenaged son over dinner. He grins. "Stole a car, drove it into a crowd, and then fired a rocket launcher at a helicopter!" read more

Your Kids and Television: The Dangers of Explicit Shows and Commercials

Your Kids and Television: The Dangers of Explicit Shows and Commercials Danger Zone Monitoring your teen's viewing of sexually explicit material during these years is tough, as he may keep much later hours than you do. One simple way to keep his viewing “clean” is to consider what services you bring into the house. If you don't have cable service, you have no problem, because local and network stations don't air explicit programs. If you bring in basic service, you are less likely to be bringing in “hot” shows. read more