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How to assess on-line resources about media and young children:

4.1.1

Some questions to ask:

Does the site

  • Assume that recreation and family time equals screen-time?
  • Provide suggestions for other forms of family time?
  • Look like an advertisement for movies and video games?
  • Point to recommendations of pediatricians and psychologists and help us work with them?
  •  Give tools that can be adapted to your situation or have a one-size-fits-all approach?
  • Represent an independent viewpoint or have a connection to the entertainment industry?
  • Encourage you to make a choice based on values or “popular culture” norms?

Here are some sites you can try the test on:

www.commercialfreechildhood.org

www.commonsensemedia.org

www.askthemediatrician.org

Have a look yourself, add other questions that you have. Are different sites useful in different ways? It would be great to hear from you!

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