Kids & the media

Kids and 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

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    A web resource center for behavioral science-based information on children, youth and families developed by leaders of seven divisions of the American Psychological Association.


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.