Thursday, January 16, 2014

The 5 C's for for safe media consumption

The Center for Media and Child Health at Harvard recommends the 5 C's for shaping media's influence on your child or teen:

Control time: No more that 1 to 2 hours per day (max).

Content matters: All media is educational. Some forms of media teach accurate and healthy lessons while others teach distorted and harmful lessons.

Context is important: Where, when, how, why and WITH WHOM young people use media strongly influences whether the media enriches or harms children.

Critical thinking: Teaching children active, critical media use is essential for healthy development.

Create and model media mastery: What we feed children's minds is as important as what we feed their bodies. Teach children a healthy media diet and continually engage in a discussion about media rather than passively consuming media.



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