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Pediatrics. 2009 Nov;124(5):1495-503. doi: 10.1542/peds.2009-2146. Epub 2009 Oct 19.

From the American Academy of Pediatrics: Policy statement--Media violence.

Abstract

Exposure to violence in media, including television, movies, music, and video games, represents 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. Office counseling has been shown to be effective.

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19841118
DOI:
10.1542/peds.2009-2146
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