Dr. Dave's Cyberhood
Making Media Choices That Create a Healthy Electronic Environment for Your Kids
You may have read about the effects violent television shows and video games can have on children, but you know the solution isn't simply to unplug everything. The key for parents, says Dr. David Walsh, founder and president of the nonprofit National Institute on Media and the Family, is to be informed and involved when choosing the electronic environments where kids play and learn.
Dr. Dave's Cyberhood helps parents take stock of the growing number of films, TV shows, video games, music, and web sites that stream into their homes every day. With Dr. Dave as a guide, you can
- Teach kids how to interact with media responsibly -- whether they're playing alone or with friends
- Evaluate the content of videos, electronic games, and web sites to help you decide if they are appropriate for your family
- Talk openly with your kids about the kinds of media they like and map out cyberhoods that everyone can agree on
Complete with hands-on activities and positive recommendations for a variety of media products, Dr. Dave's Cyberhood gives parents the tools they need to find cyberhoods that their kids can enjoy -- and that they can trust.
Read an Excerpt
Chapter One: Parenting in the Media Age
Children are the purpose of life.
We were once children and someone took
care of us. Now it is our turn to care.
-- Cree Indian Elder
This quote has long been a favorite of mine, so centered and wise, so accepting of what parenthood is all about: making children the priority. All children deserve to come first, from rural towns and pulsing metros, living with two caregivers and one, economically secure and disadvantaged. As parents, our basic job is to care for our children: to see to their physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs. Like you, the...
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