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Television and Children

Much of the gun control debate has included conversations about entertainment, video games, television and children.

As a parent I’m consistently concerned about screen time. Our kids have so many bright and shiny screens staring back at them in every part of their lives.  Computers, T.V.’s, tablets, mobile devices, music devices, and even digital toys gain their undivided attention.  The stats in the infographic below are alarming. And I hate being an alarmist. There are plenty of kids who can handle a face full of media and technology engagement and be fine, upstanding citizens. However, what about those who are vulnerable? What about hose who are deeply influenced by the media in our society. I think it’s more people than we think, or would like to admit.

There is a quote that stands out to me in this whole debate over gun control, media, violence and our society that I included in a post I wrote shortly after the Newtown shootings:

“We need to be willing to accept the level of violence in society that we allow in our entertainment.” – Dr. A. Lynn Scoresby

Erica posted about gun control the other day and she posted a chilling video interview with Ted Bundy the day before he was executed. Keep in mind, this interview was shot on January 23rd 1989.

James Dobson Interview with Serial Killer Ted Bundy (Full Interview) from Castimonia Sexual Purity Group on Vimeo.

Some questions to ask ourselves:

  • What are we willing to accept in our entertainment?
  • What are the rules at your house for screen time?
  • How closely do you monitor the games that your child is playing on your gaming systems, but also on their mobile devices? (phones, iTouch, iPads etc.)
  • Do your kids have a T.V. in their bedroom?
  • Does your family watch T.V. during dinner?
  • How are we teaching our children to make choices regarding their own media consumption?
  • How does all of this information impact your own thoughts on entertainment, gun control, and how we care for the mentally ill in our communities?
To be clear, we can’t demonize the platforms as a whole. There are things I love about every single one of our entertainment platforms. The conversation is about moderation, and even more about tolerance.  How much is moderate? What quality will we tolerate? And most importantly how will we teach our children to make those decisions for themselves?
* You can find a larger version of this infographic by clicking on the image.

Infographic of the continuing lowering of standards in the media and the impact it has on our children.

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  1. Castimonia 02/28/2013 at 7:58 am

    Thank you for using the Vimeo video I uploaded! I’m glad others are getting use out of it! On the subject of children and TV, I can hardly watch a football game on TV with my daughters without some sexual innuendo commercial being displayed. I am a recovering sex addict so I am well aware of how media tries to use sex to sell their product. I tend not to watch much TV (other than occasional sporting events) and fast forward through the commercials. We limit our daughters’ TV watching and never watch TV around the dinner table, nor do we allow cell phones at ANY dinner table, whether at a restaurant, at home, or at friends’ home. Thank you for posting these figures!

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  3. Laurie Herrscher 01/27/2013 at 7:08 pm

    Every household in America should be aware of this data and every local and federal lawmaker should have this issue uppermost in their agendas. It is a cancer that is eroding our society and endangering our children.

  4. Carol 01/17/2013 at 5:36 pm

    These stats are amazing to see all in one place. Thank you TodaysMama for sharing them. For nearly a year I’ve been studying and preparing for a book about “Connections” – our need for face to face ones as families and communities. I’ll be sharing thoughts during the opening keynote at the [email protected] conference. But a book that I’ve really enjoyed reading about the topic is called “Winter of our Disconnect” about a mom and her three teens who completely unplugged for a time. What happened in their lives and homes should be an inspiration (and eye-opener) for us all. Can’t wait to share all that I’ve learned, and hear more from other moms out there. It takes a village – we’re in this together, aren’t we!

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