Media literacy for clinicians and parents.

TitleMedia literacy for clinicians and parents.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsVillani SV, Olson CK, Jellinek MS
JournalChild and adolescent psychiatric clinics of North America
Pagination523-53, x
Date Published2005 Jul

Families and children are in the midst of a media revolution. Television, Internet access, instant messaging, cell phones, and interactive video games are delivering more information for more hours than ever in history. Exposure is occurring at younger and younger ages, often without parental oversight or interpretation. The impact on children is just beginning to be studied. Does media exposure prepare children for the world in which they live or deprive them of critical developmental opportunities? Does the steady display of violence contribute to violent behavior? This article presents a developmental context, discusses the research conducted to date, reviews the recommendations of major organizations, and tries to take a balanced perspective in the midst of a rising tide of media, technology, commercialism, and controversy.

Alternate JournalChild Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am