CPC Fellow Jane Brown comments on teen media exposure in USA Today

Dec 3, 2008

A new report on the effects of adolescent exposure to various forms of mass media was recently released.

"The study provides overwhelming evidence of the importance of limiting children's use of media and teaching them to critically evaluate the ever-growing volume of text, images and sounds with which they are bombarded, says co-author Ezekiel Emanuel of the National Institutes of Health....

"Keeping an eye on children's media use is tougher today, says Jane Brown, a journalism and mass communication professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill who was not involved in the report. In the past, families often watched TV together, and parents could easily change the channel or voice their disapproval. Today's technology often isolates children, who may tune out their families to concentrate on a cellphone screen only they can see." (Szabo, L. (2008). Report: TV, Internet harm kids, USA Today, December 2, 2008 ed.)

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