How can I address sexism in the media with my kids?

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Q: I see a lot of TV shows where women are not treated respectfully. How would you recommend talking to kids about sexism in the media? It’s rather like having a drunken bully over for dinner every night. How do you explain to your kids why you keep letting this kind of person into their home?

How to Subscribe to Ask the Mediatrician

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Subscribing through email: On the right-hand panel, find the blue header that says “Get notified when a new question is answered”.  Below it is a white box labeled “Enter your email.” Enter the email address where you want to received notification about new questions and answers. Click the “Subscribe Me” button When you receive an… Read more »

My daughter got scared by a movie, what should I do?

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Q: Last week, my 2-year-old daughter watched the Disney movie The Jungle Book. She hasn’t stopped talking about how scary the characters were and how she’s having bad dreams about them, but she keeps asking the watch the movie. We decided to put the movie away until she’s a little older. Did we make the right decision? How can we address this subject with her as we move forward?

How much TV is too much TV?

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Q: The television is a constant source of conflict in our house. I am always battling with my 2nd and 5th grade kids about how much TV they watch, but I’m not even sure what a good limit would be. How much TV is too much TV?

How can we set good examples of media use for our kids?

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Q: My child is still an infant, so he isn’t using much media yet. But I am realizing that my husband and I are constantly “connected”! Our laptops, cell phones, and iPods are always on, mostly for work reasons. How should we limit our own media use to set the best example for our children?

About Dr. Michael Rich, The Mediatrician

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My Many Jobs: Parent of four Pediatrician in Adolescent Medicine at Children’s Hospital Boston Director of the Center on Media and Child Health (CMCH) Director of Video Intervention/Prevention Assessment (VIA) Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School Associate Professor of Society, Human Development, and Health at Harvard School of Public Health Former career as… Read more »