What we thought was normal might actually be risky.
Sometimes I wonder whether, despite all the reports on “broken Britain”, it is really so much worse, in terms of child and family wellbeing, than any other developed country.
A study of New Zealand children’s exposure to violence shows that the most common experience is watching people fighting and killing on television and other screens.
This post may provide a sort of commentary on the previous one about
20-somethings. German researchers have found that, given a choice, older
people prefer to read bad news rather than good news about young
I promised something more on Aric Sigman, the (American-born, as it
turns out) psychologist who has made a name for himself in Britain as a
fiery critic of the way television and other screen media are dominating
the lives of children. So here is the next instalment.
What is to be done about the teenagers? They are squandering sleeping
time on electronic gadgets to the point where family life, studies and
even health are compromised. And many parents either don’t see the
problem or feel powerless to intervene.
People often speak loosely about youths being “addicted” to their
cellphones or iPods but research carried out at the University of
Maryland had students using the word themselves when they wrote about
how they felt while abstaining from all media for a day.
Art imitates life and research imitates common sense, it seems. A new study has found that the more young people watch television, the poorer their relationships with both their friends and parents.
Here’s a nice change. Usually it is Christian families causing a sensation by having extra large families (Remember the Duggar family of Arkansas? More about them later.) But this story in the New York Times is about a Hasidic Jewish woman who died last month aged 93 leaving probably 2000 living descendants.
Just when experts thought that children could not swallow another
mouthful of media time, the kids went on to devour almost another meal
of it, a new Kaiser Family Foundation study reveals.
n the middle of the Tiger Woods infidelity furore a website that sells
adultery (“an affair to remember” in three months or your $249 back)
has been trying to get a Toronto public transport company to run ads on
its streetcars urging: Life is short. Have an affair.”