After the tragedy at Sandy Cook Elementary I keep wondering what will it take to stop things like these from happening again. Is the answer gun control? Making mental health services more accessible? Is there one solution? Or do we really need to look at our society as a whole and at what kids are exposed to today and make some serious changes.
I ran across this infographic about the alarming impact of media on children and really felt like I had to share it. It really paints a scary picture of how media influences our lives. I have two kids, 5 and 7 years old, and I although we do have some strict house rules for media and technology use it’s not easy when all the programs and games (even cartoons) are filled with violence.
I don’t believe in censorship but I do believe that as a society we need to “clean up” the programing and games that are market to children. It seems to me that we have all become numb because of the amount of violence we are bombarded with. When I was growing up you could not find a cartoons with graphic violence, nothing worst than the Coyote and the Road Runner or Tom & Jerry. Now it’s so common we don’t even think twice about it.
I think that the programs and games marketed for children should reflect the kind values we want to model in our society. But if this infographic is correct the first thing we all need to do is set clear media and technology rules for our children. What do you think? Do you have media consumption rules at your home?