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Pediatrics. 2001 Nov;108(5):1222-6.

American Academy of Pediatrics. Media violence. Committee on Public Education.

Abstract

The American Academy of Pediatrics recognizes exposure to violence in media, including television, movies, music, and video games, as a significant risk to the health of children and adolescents. Extensive research evidence indicates that media violence can contribute to aggressive behavior, desensitization to violence, nightmares, and fear of being harmed. Pediatricians should assess their patients' level of media exposure and intervene on media-related health risks. Pediatricians and other child health care providers can advocate for a safer media environment for children by encouraging media literacy, more thoughtful and proactive use of media by children and their parents, more responsible portrayal of violence by media producers, and more useful and effective media ratings.

PMID:
11694708
DOI:
10.1542/peds.108.5.1222
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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