For Better and Worse, Media Matters

The more time children spend watching TV, the poorer their grades, three studies recently concluded, according to Reuters. On the other hand, state anti-tobacco ads may really be preventing teens from smoking, research published in the journal Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine suggests.
A recent review of research into the impact of sex in the media on young people reveals that little examination has been done on the topic, according to the Medical Institute for Sexual Health. Given that today’s young people are exposed to more sexual imagery in the media than ever before, a New York Times piece on current independent films providing refreshingly realistic glimpses of teen sexuality is especially timely.