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The Big Picture consists of three types of content, namely: Expert Studies [Expert Studies], Articles [Articles], and Reviewers' Blog [Reviewers' Blog].

Articles

8 Movies to Celebrate Olympic Glory »

Olympic Games offer the world a chance to witness the human spirit challenge its physical limitations. For each and every athlete who takes part, there is a story, regardless of whether they win or lose at their sport. Such tales make great movie scripts, so here are some films that have tried to capture Olympic triumph by showing the competitor’s… read more »

Articles

Sexy Images Worse than Porn? »

Most parents are eager to protect their children from pornography. But those images aren’t the only ones parents should worry about.

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Pain & Gain: Why Has Crime Become So Funny? »

Pain & Gain stars Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson as two steroid-using gym rats that turn to extortion, kidnapping and torture and is rated R for bloody violence among other things. Unfortunately this script isn’t solely the imagination of some Hollywood scriptwriter searching the dark regions of his or her psyche. It’s… read more »

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Parents Beware: “Spring Breakers” Ain’t No High School Musical Remake »

Why am I not surprised? Because in my 30-plus years of working in media I’ve seen it time and time again—child and teen stars go off the deep end once they enter adulthood and some eager agent/producer/director or even (sadly) their parents are all too keen to have them cash in on the latest raunchy, edgy “new thing.”

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Academy Awards Nominees for 2013 »

They gush and smile as they sashay down the red carpet in yet another fashion piece. If they win, they thank their agent, their director and sometimes their mother. But everyone knows the stars have their eyes on the BIG ONE. And by the big one I mean the Academy… read more »

Expert Studies

Girls’ Clothing—Sexualizing At A Very Young Age »

Are we surprised? A recent study published by Springer Science+Business Media reveals that 29% of clothing made for girls (we’re not even talking teenagers here… these are “little” girls) features sexualized characteristics.

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Parenting: By the Book »

While being a mom or dad can be challenging, it doesn’t have to be done alone. Following are three parenting books that offer slightly different perspectives on the demanding but rewarding work of bring up kids.

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Articles

The Latest Skinny on Body Images »

Helping your children maintain a healthy diet is always tricky, especially considering the multitude of media advice and subtle messages both you and your kids are exposed to. Turn on a morning show one day, and you’ll see a guest talking about fighting teenage obesity. Flip the channel and you’ll likely find another person who is just… read more »

Articles

“Activate” Your Children »

I spend a great deal of time telling you how to watch better television, play "nice" video games, and decipher media messages. But with summer around the corner there comes a time when you need to help the kids "unplug" and find some new engaging activities—at least until it rains.

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From Family to Pornographic: The Spectrum of Anime »

You may have heard the term "anime" (pronounced ANN-ih-may or AH-nee-may) batted around in your family. If so, you may already be the owner of a growing collection of DVDs with colorful covers of big-eyed childlike adults saving the world.

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