Kids & the media
Kids and the media is a growing concern. Even very young children in our society get a big daily dose of television, video games and music lyrics. While such media can provide education and entertainment, they can also damage children. Research shows that exposure to violent media can result in aggressive attitudes and violent behavior in some children and adolescents.
Adapted from “Media violence and children” (ACT Against Violence)
Understanding Media's Impact on Children
The impact of food advertising on childhood obesity
Research has found strong associations between increases in advertising for nonnutritious foods and rates of childhood obesity.
Violence in the Media — Psychologists Study TV and Video Game Violence for Potential Harmful Effects
Decades of psychological research confirms that media violence can increase aggression.
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Is screen time a mental health threat?
March 16, 2018, U.S. News & World Report
Accidentally famous: The psychology of going viral
March 16, 2018, CNN
Related APA Publications
APA Offices and Programs
Report of the APA Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls
The APA Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls found that the proliferation of sexualized images of girls and young women in advertising, merchandising and media is harmful to girls' self-image and healthy development.
Resolution on Violent Video Games
APA's Task Force on Violent Media updated this resolution to reflect scientific research related to the link between violent video game exposure and aggressive behavior.