Children's mental health is again back in the news cycle. Health experts and researchers are expressing concerns about the addictive qualities of apps aimed at young users as well as children's access and participation in social media platforms like Facebook.
Most recently, Apple has faced calls from pediatricians and parents for products and services that restrict children's access to (addictive) gaming apps, and Facebook's new 'Messenger' app for kids (launched in December) has come under fire for seeking to hook and retain younger users.
Dr. Jennifer Shapka, a developmental psychology professor at the University of British Columbia told CBC news in January (article here) that younger kids lack the cognitive capacity to fully understand the characteristics of social media apps like Messenger and so can't be responsible users of it.
If gaming and social media is being recognized as potentially harmful for its youngest users, then it's a slam-dunk that children's exposure to violent TV and radio newscasting is likewise harmful.
Choose News is still on this issue -- and urging the Canadian federal broadcast regulator (CRTC) and Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) to convene a meeting to hear from experts about the harmful effects of violent TV and radio news, and update its Violence Code, now 25 years out of date.
To this end, I ask you to Please sign the Choose News petition and help reduce the violence of TV & radio news on behalf of children's health.