Policy statement - Media violence

Gilbert L. Fuld, Deborah Ann Mulligan, Tanya Remer Altmann, Ari Brown, Dimitri A. Christakis, Kathleen Clarke-Pearson, Benard P. Dreyer, Holly Lee Falik, Kathleen G. Nelson, Gwenn S. O'Keeffe, Victor C. Strasburger, Regina M. Milteer, Donald L. Shifrin, Michael Brody, Brian Wilcox, Craig A. Anderson, Douglas A. Gentile, Gina Ley Steiner, Veronica Laude Noland

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Abstract

Exposure to violence in media, including television, movies, music, and video games, represents a significant risk to the health of children and adolescents. Extensive research evidence indicates that media violence can contribute to aggressive behavior, desensitization to violence, nightmares, and fear of being harmed. Pediatricians should assess their patients' level of media exposure and intervene on media-related health risks. Pediatricians and other child health care providers can advocate for a safer media environment for children by encouraging media literacy, more thoughtful and proactive use of media by children and their parents, more responsible portrayal of violence by media producers, and more useful and effective media ratings. Office counseling has been shown to be effective.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1495-1503
Number of pages9
JournalPediatrics
Volume124
Issue number5
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StatePublished - Nov 2009

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  • Media violence

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  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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Fuld, G. L., Mulligan, D. A., Altmann, T. R., Brown, A., Christakis, D. A., Clarke-Pearson, K., ... Noland, V. L. (2009). Policy statement - Media violence. Pediatrics, 124(5), 1495-1503. https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2009-2146

Policy statement - Media violence. / Fuld, Gilbert L.; Mulligan, Deborah Ann; Altmann, Tanya Remer; Brown, Ari; Christakis, Dimitri A.; Clarke-Pearson, Kathleen; Dreyer, Benard P.; Falik, Holly Lee; Nelson, Kathleen G.; O'Keeffe, Gwenn S.; Strasburger, Victor C.; Milteer, Regina M.; Shifrin, Donald L.; Brody, Michael; Wilcox, Brian; Anderson, Craig A.; Gentile, Douglas A.; Steiner, Gina Ley; Noland, Veronica Laude.

In: Pediatrics, Vol. 124, No. 5, 11.2009, p. 1495-1503.

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Fuld, GL, Mulligan, DA, Altmann, TR, Brown, A, Christakis, DA, Clarke-Pearson, K, Dreyer, BP, Falik, HL, Nelson, KG, O'Keeffe, GS, Strasburger, VC, Milteer, RM, Shifrin, DL, Brody, M, Wilcox, B, Anderson, CA, Gentile, DA, Steiner, GL & Noland, VL 2009, 'Policy statement - Media violence', Pediatrics, vol. 124, no. 5, pp. 1495-1503. https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2009-2146
Fuld GL, Mulligan DA, Altmann TR, Brown A, Christakis DA, Clarke-Pearson K et al. Policy statement - Media violence. Pediatrics. 2009 Nov;124(5):1495-1503. https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2009-2146
Fuld, Gilbert L. ; Mulligan, Deborah Ann ; Altmann, Tanya Remer ; Brown, Ari ; Christakis, Dimitri A. ; Clarke-Pearson, Kathleen ; Dreyer, Benard P. ; Falik, Holly Lee ; Nelson, Kathleen G. ; O'Keeffe, Gwenn S. ; Strasburger, Victor C. ; Milteer, Regina M. ; Shifrin, Donald L. ; Brody, Michael ; Wilcox, Brian ; Anderson, Craig A. ; Gentile, Douglas A. ; Steiner, Gina Ley ; Noland, Veronica Laude. / Policy statement - Media violence. In: Pediatrics. 2009 ; Vol. 124, No. 5. pp. 1495-1503.
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