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The best way to start would be to introduce the subject during weekend lunch or dinner. Ask your kid/s something like: Do you think there is a lot of violence in videogames? Kids know there is lot of violence in videogames and should be able to keep talking about it for some time.
Most American kids face this issue today. But, let us think about what we can do in our family first.
 



: FOUR STEP PROCESS

Talk to the Children

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Talk To The Children

This is a very important phase of the program. You need to talk to your children about it.

The best way to start would be to introduce the subject during weekend lunch or dinner. Ask your kid/s something like: Do you think there is a lot of violence in videogames? Kids know there is lot of violence in videogames and should be able to keep talking about it for some time.

Keep touching on the subject in a variety of different ways. Asking them: Do you think that movie is too violent for kids?  Do you think some of the cartoon programs are too violent for you guys? Try switching off the TV and saying that the program is too violent and that you are sick and tired of this violent content. Don’t forget only you can set a good example for your kid/s.

When you introduce the subject for the first time, kids are likely to eagerly pick it up as a subject for discussion, however when you bring it up again and again they may sense something in the air and become little touchy about the subject.
That is the time to get serious about the issue. 

The First Step – What Will I say?

‘I have something very important to say. Guys I need your attention for the next ten minutes. I am sure you think that I am from the old school and not capable of understanding the present track you people are in. I do agree with you, because I thought so too when I was your age. But, I need to have this talk. This is not about a problem specific to you guys. Most American kids face this issue today. But, let us think about what we can do in our family first.

'What concerns me most nowadays is the amount of violence in multimedia and its impact on you guys. You probably think that you have no problem with multimedia, but the best medical and physiological minds in the country think otherwise. I have been reading some reports that disturb me and disturb me a lot. Allow me to explain this.

‘AAP is one of the countries premier health association dedicated to the well being of children and adolescents. This report talks about media violence and its association with physical, mental health problem, depression, fear, nightmares, sleep disturbances, aggressive behavior and the desensitization of children. That is lot for you and me to handle and it is very serious. I have some other reports that I want you guys to read and come back to me with your thoughts.[1][i]

‘These documents are sufficient proof for me to conclude that programs with violent content on television, videogames, music videos and movies are not good for your health, body and mind. So we have some work to do together. I know you are global problem solvers and let us put that skill to work. Are you guys with me?’  

Anything similar should do. Offer your help. Tell them you are willing to work with them to get them out of media trap. I would talk to them about other research data available in previous pages and impress on them the need for concern. If they can read and understand, give them this book or ask them to visit our website www.pamv.com.

I would strongly encourage them to take it up as project and come back with more information for discussion. It is probably a good idea to fix a weekly meeting to discuss new facts they might come up with as you go along. Offer them incentives for the good job or contributions done on this project. Their cooperation and involvement is the’ key’. Spend time with them, read and talk to them on the subject. This is very crucial phase for the success of the project. Involving them at this stage would help easy implementation of the FIVE GOLDEN RULES. 

 

Blue Hawk Media Rehab Five Golden Rule
Blue Hawk
Blue Hawk is the monitor who helps children to bring down their media time from 6.34 hours to less than 2 hours a day.

Media Rehab
Program all parents can implement in the comfort of their home to help children get out of media trap.

Five Golden Rule
Five golden rule will help parents to set ground rules without ambiguity.

 
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