An open letter to all parents who believe media is ‘digital heroin’ for kids

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To all parents who are even a bit concerned about the media “problem” among American children, here’s a spoiler alert: screen media is not going anywhere. So, we can either believe the scaremongering that is spread on social media, or we can come to terms with reality.

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New research shows that parent-child TV viewing changes kids’ brain-body connection

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New research shows that without saying a single word, the mere presence of a parent while a child watches TV affects kids in a striking way—it changes their body’s physiological response to what’s on TV.

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‘Girl in a Country Song’: New Research Confirms that Country Music Objectifies Women More Now than in the Past, and Male Singers Are Driving the Trend

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Turns out Maddie & Tae were right—new research shows that girls in country songs really are only good for their looks.

In 2014 the country duo Maddie & Tae released their hit single “Girl in a Country Song,” a song that laments how women in country music today are portrayed as objects, play-things meant to satisfy a man. As you know, I have 4 daughters, and they all listen to country music. Wanting to know if my daughters really are exposed to messages in country music telling them that what makes them special is how they look and how tight their clothes are, we analyzed 750 country songs from the 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s for how they portrayed women.

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Research shows preschoolers who watch Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood develop social and emotional skills

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Parents, take heart. Not all TV is bad. New research finds that watching America’s favorite tiger can be good for your developing child.

You remember Mr. Rogers, don’t you? The red sweater. The shoes. The songs. Your kids may not know who he is, but they likely know who Daniel Tiger is. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is the animated descendant of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, and features children of several characters from the original Neighborhood of Make-Believe.
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