Sex and Violence: Is Exposure to Media Content Harmful to Children?

Kotrla, Bowie
June 2007
Children & Libraries: The Journal of the Association for Library;Summer/Fall2007, Vol. 5 Issue 2, p50
Academic Journal
The article examines the effects of children and adolescents' exposure to violence and sexually explicit material in mainstream media on their attitudes toward sexual behavior in the U.S. It has been noted that those adolescents with higher exposure levels have more permissive views of sexual activity before and outside marriage, are more likely to consider sexual activity as recreational, and more negative attitudes on the restrictions of sexually oriented materials. In addition, greater exposure to violence in media has been associated repeatedly to increased aggressive attitudes and behavior. The authors also mentioned the importance of actively educating the children on the critical evaluation of all types of media sources to prevent them from harm.


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