I think that a lot of blame must be laid at the feet of the media deniers in the western world.
Advertising doesn't encourage smoking, drinking, bad diet etc, it just lets people choose.
Violent films, games or cartoons do not encourage violent behaviour.
Sexually explicit media which concentrate on the exploitation, degradation, or humilation of women or children do not encourage sexually violent behaviour.
Anybody who has watched the behaviour of an 8 year old after watching an afternoon of repeatedly violent cartoons will find it hard to believe any of the above statements, and the apologisers for the media are almost exclusively paid for by the media.
http://www.media-awareness.ca/english/i ... inment.cfm
Get real, children learn by imitating...either the media, their peers, or their parents.
I'm not saying that children who have positive role models are exclusively good, but that more and more children are being led by the electronic baby sitter- the games console, the TV, the Video or DVD.
When my 8 yr old grandson comes to stay with us during the holidays, we do not watch TV, we spend time together,
Walking, trips out, shopping, cooking, gardening, just enjoying exploring the world and being together ....
Of an evening, we may watch a DVD together, or surf the net, or play computer games, but....
After his first weekend with us, he stopped asking for the TV at 7 in the morning, he stopped needing a Video playing at all times, and became a much calmer, happier and interested individual.
end of rant.....
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