Magazine article Work & Family Life

An Inside Look at the Media and Our Kids

Magazine article Work & Family Life

An Inside Look at the Media and Our Kids

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As parent, national child advocate, professor of constitutional law at Stanford University and the head of one of the few independent children's media companies in the United States, James P. Steyer is particularly qualified to be the author of The Other Parent: The Inside Story of the Media's Effect on Our Children.

Did you know, for example, that by the time U.S. kids enter middle school, they have seen 8,000 killings and 100,000 more acts of violence on TV alone?

Steyer describes how we have allowed the media to bombard our children's lives and, at the same time, how people of all political persuasions agree on the need-and many of the strategies-for media reform. In this important and very readable book, Steyer tells us the hard truth about the new media reality and suggests concrete ways parents and others can counter media's negative effects (see front page article). …

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