Media influences

As if you need another reason to limit and supervise the media which your children (of all ages) are exposed to, Yahoo had this article today. Here’s a few relevant clips:

“Molly is the street name for a drug that is pushed as the pure powder form of a banned substance known as MDMA, the main chemical in ecstasy. In the last five years, Molly has made its way into popular culture, helped by references to it made by entertainers such as Madonna, Miley Cyrus and Kanye West.”

“Grob said references in pop culture can fan misconceptions.” Grob is a professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at the UCLA School of Medicine and an expert on MDMA.

However, just limiting the media isn’t enough. Show them how to make positive choices and explain why certain things are inappropriate. Otherwise, as they get older and peers have greater influence over them, they may see you as a dictator rather than guide. My children and I have had several good conversations about media. When we see, read, or hear an ad for an inappropriate media we sometimes will discuss what’s wrong with it. This helps strengthen their beliefs.

Let children actively participate in the discussions; don’t just preach to them. In fact, it’s often my children who are the ones who bring it up. I’ve been surprised a few times when I was thinking “this may not be too bad” but my children clearly thought it was totally inappropriate. LOL. In cases like that, we usually defer to them rather than confuse their beliefs by being hypocritical allowing some things and not others just because I (an adult) like them.

Afterall, a parent’s job is to guide a child to become a successful adult. Yes, we have to trust them, but we have to give them the strong moral base to make good choices. Limiting and supervising their media is one way to do that.

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