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Parents and researchers alike know that media affects children. Conventional wisdom suggests that parents should do all in their power to protect kids from the media. Media Maze challenges conventional wisdom by revealing that the secret to protecting kids is to change parents’ focus from protecting them to empowering them. In today’s complicated media environment, to empower is to protect—not the other way around.

Written from the perspective of a researcher-parent, Media Maze shares practical, research-based strategies to help parents empower their children to appropriately deal with media messages and make positive media choices. By translating children and media research into parent-friendly language, Media Maze offers a guilt-free parenting roadmap for guiding children through the twists and turns of living in a media world.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The lost generation

Chapter 2: The media maze

Chapter 3: Media effects: The influence of media on children

Chapter 4: The science behind media effects

Chapter 5: Media parenting strategy #1: Alter your own media habits

Chapter 6: Media parenting strategy #2: Start talking about media, and don’t stop

Chapter 7: Media parenting strategy #3: Establish media rules the right way

Chapter 8: Media parenting strategy #4: Participate in the right media activities with your child

Chapter 9: Current and future issues with children and media research