The social impact of reality teen pregnancy shows, and how father-daughter communication changes their effect

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We’ve all heard about, and have maybe even watched, the popular teen pregnancy shows “16 and Pregnant” and “Teen Mom.” Created with the intent to show “the honest, unpleasant truth of teen pregnancy,” the shows follow the lives of pregnant teen mothers. But instead of serving as the poster children for teenage birth control, many are concerned that the shows actually glamorize risky teenage sexual behaviors.

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Oversharenting: What children think about parents’ posts about them on social media

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OK, I admit it. I think we made a mistake related to parenting and media. And since I’m supposed to be the expert here, I hope this helps remove some of your parenting guilt, while giving you some things to consider about your own media parenting.

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It’s time to step up and protect our kids: American Academy of Pediatrics releases new policy statement on children and virtual violence

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The American Academy of Pediatrics just released a policy statement about children’s exposure to virtual violence. Here is my take on what the policy means for parents.

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Radio interview about Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and other good TV for kids

Here’s the link to my interview that aired today on BYUradio today. Scroll down just a bit, push the play button, and let it buffer for a minute until you hear the Mr. Rogers’ music. If that doesn’t work, scroll down and click on the Daniel Tiger headline, then let it buffer until you hear the music. Enjoy!
 
 

To podcast or not?

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Do parents listen to podcasts these days? What types of podcasts? How often–once every week? Every two weeks? And what is the ideal length of a podcast–10 minutes? Longer, shorter? And on a scale of 1-10, how likely would you be to listen to podcasts about children and media research? Be honest, you won’t hurt my feelings.

What to do about letting kids watch scary things in the news

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While my wife and I were flipping through channels this weekend we came across a news report about the shooting in Dallas. After a minute my wife nudged me and pointed out that the report also caught the attention of our 10-year-old. A part of me wanted her to see what’s going on in the world—right in our backyard, really. But, another voice in my head told me to change the channel, so I did.

The Dallas shooting. ISIS seemingly every day. I won’t get started on the two main presidential candidates. Seems like the bad news never ends. And my kids are starting to notice.

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