Media messages from television, movies, music, and the Internet are a daily part of our children's lives. While electronic media can open up new worlds of rich learning experiences to children, they can also convey messages about violence, sex, commercialism, stereotyping, and other themes that worry parents.
When children are exposed to images and messages they do not understand and are unable to interpret, parents will want to intervene. For example, when children see smoking, drinking, and drug use in the media, parents will want talk about it with their children and guide them in taking a critical look at how cigarettes, alcohol, and other drugs are portrayed.
The following are some resources and suggestions on how parents can protect their children from harmful topics conveyed through electronic media.
Safety for Adolescents' Online Social Networking
Protecting teens that use the Internet to connect socially with other teens.
Cell Phone Safety Tips
Ways to ensure safe cell phone usage.
Parent Strategy for Internet Safety
In-depth review of strategies for ensuring your child's Internet use is safe.
Internet Safety Overview
Checklists of the benefits, risks and safety steps involved in Internet communications.
Internet Safety Checklist for Parents
Quick tips on how parents can protect children from harmful content in electronic media.
Resolutions & Position Statements
PTA Resolution on Internet and Wireless Communication
PTA Resolution encouraging promotion of ethical use of Internet and wireless communication.
PTA Position Statement on Mass Media
PTA Position Statement providing guidance on mass media issues.
Be Smart on Facebook
Tips for keeping your child safe on Facebook