Violence in media seems unavoidable. Even content deemed “family-friendly” probably contains some level of violence. It could be mild and joking or it could be an epic battle between heroes and villains.
It’s likely that kids graduating this summer have seen 40,000 murders on TV if they watch the national average of 7.5 hours of media per day.
I’m all for including entertainment in our homeschooling. It can spark an interest in a topic or supplement a lesson. Sometimes we use it as a reward for getting school work done.
No matter how you use media (TV, movies, games, Netflix, YouTube videos) it’s important for us as parents to be aware of the content. Media ratings help, but it’s better to preview content when possible.
Rawhide Boys Ranch created a great infographic that shares eye-opening information about the media consumption of kids in America.
Check out the infographic below. If you want to dig deeper in to the details, check out Rawhide’s excellent article that compliments the infographic.