The impact of media that is not age-appropriate

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The impact of media that is not age-appropriate

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When children watch content that's not age appropriate, a lot of things can happen depending on the child. One thing is they can sleep badly, because they're scared. Or they're anxious. They may get exposed to content that's inappropriate, sexuality that's inappropriate. Situations that may reflect their own lives. There may be swearing or alcohol, drug abuse. Things that are not really to deal with, developmentally and emotionally. And that will have consequences often in their lives, where the television or the content is off. So, choosing age appropriate content for your child is very important. And, as a parent, it's important for you to take the time to look and see what's in a movie, a television show. Even a book. Some kids read Hunger Games before they were ready. So, one of a great source for parents is Common Sense Media. They have 18.000 reviews on their site. It's a free resource. And it will tell you exactly what's in the content. It will tell you about what age a child should be ready for it. There are kids that are allowed to weigh in on what age they think it's okay. And parents also weigh in. It's an incredible resource for parents. And it's all free.

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Yalda T. Uhls, MBA, PhD

Regional Director, Common Sense Media

Yalda T. Uhls, MBA, PhD, is the Regional Director of Common Sense Media, the leading non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology. Yalda's own research with the Children's Digital Media at UCLA was written about in the New York Times, CNN, Time Magazine, The Huffington Post, and more. As an expert on media’s effects on children, Yalda has been featured on the BBC News, KPCC, the LA Times and many other news outlets. Her awards include UCLA's Psychology in Action Award for excellence in communicating psychological research to audiences beyond academia as well as honorable mention for the National Science Foundation's GSRF. Yalda's former career as a Senior VP at MGM, in film production, informs her perspective that media content has great power to socialize children, to inspire and teach as well as to be used inappropriately. In her talks, she brings her deep knowledge of the latest research about how children ages eight to 18 use media, as well as a realistic understanding of how digital natives use media from her experiences with her two children, ages 10 and 13.  Her newest book, Media Moms & Digital Dads: A Fact-Not-Fear Approach to Parenting in the Digital Age will be published in Fall 2015. 

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