More research needs to be done on the issue, but of great concern is how news stories, particularly those that show graphic images or videos, may be distressing to children. When children are exposed to disturbing stories, images, or videos, they may find it difficult to process and cope with distressing stimuli. This may lead children to struggle with fear, anxiety, aggression, sleeping problems, and behavioral difficulties (Wang et al., 2006). One study suggests that watching just five minutes of distressing news daily can lead to these types of secondary traumatic stress symptoms in preschool-aged children (Wang et al., 2006). … [Read more...] about Watching the News Can Be Traumatizing
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“The bottom line is that in order to help audiences think more critically about issues in the news, using still photographs is better than showing video,” they concluded. “[Internet-based] media are often rich with flashy graphics, rapid-fire video, and competing stimuli that fight for cognitive attention. However, these modalities may fail to promote postconventional moral reasoning. We suggest that when stories in the news are ethically charged, such as when race is a factor, journalists should consider using still images rather than or in addition to video in order to help audiences think at higher ethical levels” (p. 246, 247). … [Read more...] about Does Watching Video Hurt Our Moral Judgments About the News?
I've also known kids who spent huge amounts of time reading--just sitting and reading, "doing nothing!" for maybe 10 hours a day. There were always some kids like that, even when I was a kid. I could never understand why they would want to just sit and read when they could go fishing with me instead. What a waste of time. However, I've never known a parent to limit their kids' reading time. Why is it any better to limit TV or computer time than to limit book-reading time? Why do we worry about a kid's spending maybe 4 or 5 hours a day at a computer screen, doing what he wants to do, but don't worry about the same kid sitting at school for 6 hours a day and then doing homework for another couple of hours--doing what others are forcing him to do? I ask you to consider the possibility that the kid is learning more valuable lessons at the computer than at school, in part because the computer activity is self-chosen and the school activity is not. … [Read more...] about The Many Benefits, for Kids, of Playing Video Games
An increasing number of pediatricians and researchers are beginning to be of the belief that it is not exactly the amount of time spent on screens, but the kind of screen time that really matters. Scientists have identified two kinds of screen time - active and passive. Active screen time involves the child engaging either mentally or physically with the content being shown. A child might be actively engaging while, say, playing a game on their XBOX, or watching a documentary. Too much passive screen time, which by definition is sedentary and mindless, is probably not the best idea. However, the negative effects of too much screen time (including attentional deficits) begin to show up only at very high amounts of screen time (around 7 hours a day). … [Read more...] about Screen Time – It’s Not All Bad News.
Enticing Screen Options When I was a kid, screen entertainment didn't offer near the variety and appeal that kids have available today. I probably got cable TV when I was in about 5th or 6th grade. Prior to that, TV options were VERY limited. I certainly watched my fair share of TV, but there weren't many shows worth watching. Binge watching something as compelling as Lost, Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, or Battlestar Galactica wasn't even a consideration. (Personal note: There was a Battlestar Galactica back in my youth but it doesn't hold a candle to the more recent incarnation). … [Read more...] about Getting Kids Unplugged During the Summer