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The goal of Remembering Family is to help empower parents with information and insights that will make a positive difference in the impact media can have on families and children.

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STUDY FINDINGS

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81% of shows about family contain sexual content



Something else you need to know...
The study revealed that families are viewing sexual content, and hearing explicit language even when choosing shows that are often considered “family-friendlier” options.


94% of shows about family contain profanity



Something else you need to know...
Some of the most explicit content identified in the study (e.g. pixilated nudity, bleeped profanity, etc.) aired on shows that would typically be considered family-friendlier fare.


99% of shows about family contain some form of adult content





Something else you need to know...
Even in the “family-friendlier” shows, explicit adult content was not only delivered by adult characters. Explicit adult content was delivered by children.

% of Shows Missing Ratings Descriptors

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Something else you need to know...
When watching programs about family, TV-PG shows were 5 times more likely not to include rating descriptors (D, L, S, V) that warn parents of the presence of explicit language and profanity compared to TV-14 shows.



TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE


Question

On average, how many hours per week do children ages 2-5 spend in front of a television (watching TV, DVDs, DVR and videos, and playing video games)?

a) 16 hours
b) 24 hours
c) 32 hours
d) 50 hours

Answer

Answer

32 hours

According to Nielsen data, children ages 2-5 watch an average of 32 hours of television per week.

Question

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children should consume no more than how many hours of media entertainment per day (which includes “screen time” in front of a television, computer monitor, or other screened devices)?

a) 1 hour
b) 2 hours
c) 3 hours
d) 4 hours

Answer

Answer

2 hours

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no more than two hours of screen time per day. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, screen time correlates with obesity in children and teens, as well as higher blood pressure and cholesterol, sleep loss, and behavioral problems.

Question

Sixty-three percent of American families “usually:”

a) Allow kids under 18 to see R-rated movies
b) Keep the TV on while eating dinner
c) Have the radio on while traveling in the car
d) Allow kids to surf the web unsupervised

Answer

Answer

Yup, the TV is on when eating dinner.

Fifty-one percent of children and teens say they live in homes where the TV is left on “most” or “all” of the time, whether anyone is watching it or not.





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TIPS FROM THE EXPERTS

  • Tip #1
    Realize that our kids are consuming information from all of their various personal media spaces (smartphones, tablets, television, video games, and more).
  • Tip #2
    One of the greatest tools parents can give their children is to promote the critical thinking skills necessary to understand the complex issues facing them every day.
  • Tip #3
    Help kids understand that issues in real life are sometimes over simplified by the media. This can be addressed by distinguishing issues from images and rhetoric from reality.
  • Tip #4
    Recognize that there is a difference between reality and the way media represents reality.
  • Tip #5
    Let your children know that it is OK to perceive the world different from the way media presents the world.
  • Tip #6
    Help your kids understand that media messages contain values and ideologies that can produce social and political consequences.
  • Tip #7
    Child development research shows that children under the age of eight have difficulty critically comprehending televised media messages and are prone to accept messages as truthful.

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