This type of media can also help teens expand their creativity and ideas by sharing artistic and musical projects and creating written content and podcasts.
More recent and well-controlled studies show that even 1 h to 2 h of daily unsupervised television viewing by school-aged children has a significant deleterious effect on academic performance, especially reading 10 Cyberbullying is now the most common type of bullying and involves taunts and threat via social media, email, texting and forums.
But for teenagers, this information overload can be the cause for serious concern.
By being an informed and questioning consumer, you show your child how to handle powerful media influences. Some people believe that the media can influence sexual responsibility by promoting birth control, such as condom use.
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You have a big role to play in helping your child develop media literacy and make good choices about media use. Premature affluence has increased dramatically in this generation. Families should limit the use of television, computers or video games as a diversion, substitute teacher or electronic nanny.