Protecting small children from adult content in the media

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Protecting small children from adult content in the media

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It's crucial to protect young children from adult content for two reasons. One is that young children learn by mimicking. They watch, over and over, Sponge Bob and Blue's Clues and the Wiggles, and they repeat, repeat, repeat. They will do that with adult content, but they don't know what it means. They don't have the emotional ability to understand that. The studies are also very clear about violence in film. It can be very dangerous. I think sometimes, in older teens, especially males, it can almost be cathartic because as violence has increased in our media, violence in our culture has actually gone down. It's a way that the hunter and the huntress can be expressive, but not for young children. The other thing is if it is sexual content, is if it's a young girl if she is mimicking and acting flirtatious, but not really understanding it. It puts her in a very vulnerable position when it comes to sexual abuse.

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Wendy Walsh, PhD

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Dr. Wendy Walsh was nominated for an Emmy Award for her work as co-host on The Dr. Phil spinoff, The Doctors TV show. She also hosts Investigation Discovery Network’s “Happily NEVER After,” as well as being part of Dr. Drew’s Behavior Bureau on HLN Network. On CNN and 9 Network, Australia, she breaks down the psychology of sex, love, gender roles, divorce, parenting and other human behaviors. Dr. Wendy is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at California State University, Channel Islands. She holds a B.A. in Journalism, a Masters degree in Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, and is the author of three books and numerous publications, including The 30-Day Love Detox. She appears regularly on The Today Show, CBS This Morning, Good Morning America, The Steve Harvey Show, The O’Reilly Factor, Inside Edition, The Katie Couric Show, Jane Velez-Mitchell, and The View.

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