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Mitch Albom’s “For One More Day” »

With slim pickings on television lately, the premiere of a new movie based on the book For One More Day by Mitch Albom may be the refreshing break you have been yearning for. I took a look at a pre-broadcast screening and feel this is a film that is definitely a cut above typical TV offerings. Please continue reading for a full review.

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Making “News” In Your Classroom »

Teaching students to become critical consumers of news media has always been important, but even more so today with the sound of war looming. Not only is this prospect frightening for many young people, they (along with many adults!) also don’t have the tools required to discover the complete details.

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What Parents Need to Know TVs in Children’s Bedrooms »

Is bedside television a normal part of your children’s lives? If so, you will no doubt be interested in what two recent studies have revealed about young children watching TV.

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Science Debunks the Movies »

Adam Weiner has found an innovative way to challenge his science students to think differently about the media they watch—he uses movies to demonstrate how impossible most of the stunts and scenarios we see in entertainment are.

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Branding Isn’t Just for Cattle »

If you’ve been branded, say "Mooooooo!"

At least that’s what cows do when they are marked to show who possesses them.

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Teens Talking Drugs—Do You Understand? »

A couple of moths ago, Nielsen BuzzMetrics (the same "Nielsen" that tracks television viewers) released information from a study commissioned by Caron Treatment Centers that looked at what teens were discussing during the hours they spend posting messages on websites. The final document [link: ]http://www.caron.org/content.asp?section=press&cat=pressrelease&PR=478]read more »

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Not Just American Parents Are Heated Up Over Profanities »

Al Gore had his weekend in the sun after organizing concerts in various countries with the goal of making the world aware of global warming. (I can’t help but wonder how anyone on this planet with a television hasn’t already heard about this issue?) However, after this weekend’s Live Earth broadcast in Britain, viewers were feeling… read more »

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Changes in Movie Ratings—Yet Again »

In January I wrote about new MPAA head Dan Glickman’s encouraging remarks to filmmakers to create more NC-17 movies and have them playing at suburban theaters. [http://www.parentstv.org/PTC/publications/rgcolumns/2007/0125.asp] But over the past few months—and especially the last two weeks—I’m seeing other changes that I haven’t… read more »

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Kellogg Makes A Sweet Change »

Known for flagship brands like Sugar Frosted Flakes (yes, "theeeeeeey’re Great!"), the company says it will no longer promote foods in the media to audiences in which the majority of viewers are under 12 unless the specific products meet a wide range of new standards. These include caps on the number calories, amount of sugar and… read more »

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What Is Your Child Packing On Their Phone? »

A couple of weeks ago my son, who is in his freshman year, came home with a troubled look on his face. "Can I talk to you about something?" he asked.

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Graphic Help For Reluctant Readers »

Ever heard of graphic novels? If you’re thinking of 400 page pocket books with embossed covers of buxom maidens, you’ve got the wrong idea. I’m talking about a different kind of graphic!

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The Church and Media: Common Concerns »

For The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the effects of media on the family are front-page news. In their September 2004 issue of The Ensign, the official publication of this U.S. based sect, their president, Gordon B. Hinckley, opens his prominently placed Page 3 column by stating his… read more »

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Understanding the Risks of Wireless Internet in your Home »

Over the past few years, one particular technology has quickly moved into homes at an amazingly rapid pace. Wireless Internet routers—a small box that can easily distribute your home Internet service anywhere in the house—have become a common addition to any Internet savvy family.

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Some Secrets Hollywood Shouldn’t Keep »

Usually, the great entertainment machine is unable to keep a secret about anything – especially if it has to do with someone’s sexual morals.
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Give Your Kids a Chance to Create! »

I spend a great deal of time writing about the problems of media. Study after study linking the affects of violence, quantity of television, and violent sexual content of popular music with real life behaviors have been reported through my keyboard.

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The “Vast Wasteland” Continues »

A few days ago I presented a keynote address for an educational group that specializes in media and its affects on children. I assumed many in the room would be familiar with what is often referred to as the "Vast Wasteland" speech given by Newton N. Minow, President Kennedy’s newly appointed chairman of the FCC, to the National Association… read more »

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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 »

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Changes in Movie Ratings Part 1—Why Independent Producers Want Change »

With the recent media coverage regarding television ratings, few have taken notice of the other major media rating system that is being modified. The Motion Picture Association of America’s (MPAA) movie rating system is about to be affected by subtle changes that I feel could spell big differences in the types of movies you find at your local… read more »

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Changes in Movie Ratings Part 2—More NC-17 Movies Coming to a Theater Near You »

For years, independent producers (and foreign filmmakers) have claimed their movies receive stricter ratings than movies coming from the big six studios that contain similar content. One filmmaker who decided to make a strong statement about this inequality is Kirby Dick. His recent documentary, This Film Is Not Yet Rated, made its debut appearance… read more »

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TV Violence—When Push Comes to Shoot… »

By now I’m sure you, the thousands of parents who come to the Parents Television Council website, have read the report or at least the summary on the dramatic increase in television violence. And I’m sure you’re not surprised. But before you think there’s nothing you can do to turn this tide of events, perhaps take a few minutes… read more »

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