February 2011

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  • Media Violence and Children: Barney vs. Power Rangers

    Could you please help me find the link to the "Barney vs Power Rangers" video? I would like to show it at a parents meeting!

    Kelly, Texas

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  • Making the Most Out of Music

    I just wrote a post about the influence of music on youth. Here are five tips to make sure that your kids get the most out of what is coming out of those earbuds!

    1. Talk to your kids about the lyrics in their favorite songs. What messages are they conveying? Do they line up with how they see the world? If they were to write a song, what would... 
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  • Influence of Music on Youth

    How many hours do teenagers listen to music, a day? Including all music devices?

    Amanda, Nevada

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  • Talking to Your Kids About Sex, Porn and the Internet

    I recently discovered that my 13 year old son has been viewing websites about women and sex.  My husband and I calmly confronted him.  He is grounded from the computer except for homework.  In addition I will monitor his activity more closely.  The computer is in the dining room.  But how should/could we have handled the situation?  How concerned... 

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  • 6 Tips for Talking With Your Kids About Sex, Porn and the Internet

    1. Talk to your kids about sex. Kids who have good communication with their parents about sex delay sexual activity and are more responsible and safe.

    2. Make it an ongoing conversation. Don’t approach discussions about sex as the "big talk." Look for opportunities to have many shorter conversations beginning in the preteen years and continuing through adolescence.

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