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How to Help Kids Cope With Violence in the Media

How to Help Kids Cope With Violence in the Media

Violence in the media these days isn't limited to action movies and video games. News coverage of deadly shootings and terrorist attacks is rarely more than a click of the TV remote or a swipe of a smartphone screen away, and with the spread of new technologies, social media and gaming platforms, children may be more exposed to violent and disturbing media images than ever before. The policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that pediatricians routinely ask about children's "media diet" and that parents take steps to monitor and restrict their exposure to virtual violence. Dr. Dimitri Christakis of Seattle Children’s and lead author of the policy statement is quoted in the article.

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