See No Evil: A Guide to Protecting Our Children from Media Violence

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"An intelligent guide to parents in their greater concern for children viewing violence. . . .On target. . . . Provocative and eminently readable."--Richard D. Heffner, producer/moderator The Open Mind and professor, communications and public policy, Rutgers University

Written by Madeline Levine, a psychologist and mother, See No Evil is a completely revised and updated version of the classic book Viewing Violence. Levine examines media from the child's point of view and specifically how it affects the thinking, actions, and feelings of children at various stages of development. For example, preschoolers are more likely to be frightened by fantasy programs like the Incredible Hulk than by a more realistic movie such as Jaws,. On the other hand, the movie Schindler's List may be instructive and appropriate for a fourteen-year-old, but traumatic and overwhelming for a youngster of seven. Step-by-step Levine offers practical guidance in selecting healthy and safe television programs and movies for children at different stages in their development.

This hands-on guide is filled with useful checklists that can help adults make more informed decisions about media viewing and offers age-appropriate recommendations for movies and television shows that are interesting, thoughtful, and optimistic. The book also includes the popular Hall of Shame, which is a listing of some of the most insidious and harmful shows for children. The Hall of Fame offers parents a wealth of suggestions for programs and movies that are fun as well as instructive. See No Evil is an important contribution for all those concerned with the welfare of American children and especially for parents who need help in knowing what's best for their kids.

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Select the Right Movies and TV Shows for Your Kids

"An intelligent guide for parents in their ever greater concern for children viewing violence."?Richard D. Heffner, producer/moderator The Open Mind and professor of communications and public policy, Rutgers University

"Addresses questions every parent asks (or should ask) about media violence, and leads simply and clearly to conclusions that every parent can use to cope with one of the great cultural hazards of our time."?George Gerbner, dean emeritus, the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania

See No Evil is a completely revised and updated version of Madeline Levine?s classic book Viewing Violence. Untangling the thicket of research on media?s effect on this country?s children, Levine contends that most research data have either been misrepresented or withheld from the public. Levine presents compelling evidence that media violence encourages aggression, desensitization, and pessimism in children. Step by step Levine shows how media violence affects each stage of a child?s development and helps parents in their search for healthy and age-appropriate television programs and movies.

Written in a clear and parent-friendly manner, this hands-on guide is filled with useful checklists that can help parents make informed decisions about media viewing and what?s best for their kids. See No Evil is an important contribution for all those concerned with the welfare of children and creating a healthy cultural environment for this country?s youth.

About the Author:

MADELINE LEVINE is a practicing clinical psychologist specializing in parenting issues and a mother of three sons. A former instructor in child development at the University of California at San Francisco Medical Center, she is a popular speaker on the topic of media violence and child and adolescent development.

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