It is common knowledge now among parents, scholars, and governments, that certain kinds of media content can be bad for children. Parents are concerned about how the media might affect their children’s (among other things) violent or aggressive behavior, body image problems and eating disorders, obesity, poor school performance, social functioning, and more. Some parents are concerned about the sexualization of television, about the amount of time their kids spend playing video games, and what their children post on Facebook for the whole world to see.
Luckily, many other scholars are interested in what parents can do to help prevent kids from experiencing such negative media effects. This type of research is lumped together in a category called “Parental Mediation.” Check out the “parental mediation” link on the right side of the page to see summaries of what parental mediation scholars are saying what works and what doesn’t work when it comes to preventing potentially negative media effects. Likewise, if you have tried something in your home that seems to work, post a comment and let others know about it.