Katie Cole Parent Handout by 8Ti9QMoo


									Media Violence: Recommendations for Parents
                                            Presenter: Katie Cole – Thames Valley District School Board

 To promote awareness
                                    P.A.R.E.N.T.S: Monitoring and Managing Media
 about Media Violence                 •   Participate and Share
 To understand how to
 provide a safe media
                                      •   Act Appropriately
 To develop critical literacy
                                      •   Research, Ratings and Reviews
 To take action against Media
                                      •   Examine Consequences
                                      •   Need Rules and Restrictions
                                      •   Take Action
                                      •   Supervision for Safety

  EXPLORING YOUR                    P.L.E.A.S.E: Tips for Previewing Media
  CHILD’S MEDIA:                         Physical Violence
  Television …………………..pg. 2
                                         Language
  Internet & Technology...pg. 3,4

  Cell Phones and Text
  Messaging…………………..pg. 5
                                         Educational Value
  Video Games……………….pg.6                 Alcohol/Drug/Tobacco
  Film…………………………… pg.6

                                         Sexual Content
  Print and Advertising…..pg. 8          Examine the Message
Do:                        What is your child or teen’s favourite television show?
Ask questions              ______________________________________________________________
Determine what is right    V-Chip:
for your child/teen        If your TV was built after 2000, it will have a v-chip (parental control, channel block) to
Set time limits            block shows according to ratings. If you have analog cable you have to turn on your V-
Plan ahead                 chip
Know the ratings            o Press menu, go to Setup, go to V- chip block, enter your secret number, press enter,
                               choose and select the shows by TV guidelines or ratings.
Use the controls
                            o To turn off the V-chip – go to Menu, Setup, V-chip block, and Status (choose off
View together                  under Status)
Discuss what you’ve        If you have digital cable or satellite you can block shows by rating, Pay-Per View, time
seen                       slot, MPAA rating, and individual program. Some will even allow you to limit the time
Balance your viewing       spent watching.
with other activities
Be aware of current        Note: News, sports, documentaries and other information programming; talk shows, music
                           videos, and variety programming are exempt from classification. American, Canadian English
news coverage of a
                           and Canadian French ratings are different
violent event

Don’t:                     U.S. Content Advisory System
Let TV babysit              o V (Violence): for programs containing intense violence
                            o MV (Mild Violence): for programs containing mild dramatic or comedic violence
Put a TV in your child’s
room                        o AC (Adult Content): for programs containing highly suggestive dialogue
                            o AL (Adult Language): for programs containing coarse language
Assume content is okay      o GL (Graphic Language): for programs containing intense foul language
because of a rating or
network                     o BN (Brief Nudity): for programs containing scenes of nudity usually lasting two
                                minutes or less
                            o N (Nudity): for programs containing scenes of full-frontal nudity shown for long
                            o SSC (Strong Sexual Content): for programs that contain a few or several scenes
                                featuring sometimes graphic sexual acts

A family guide to TV watching and how to take action - http://www.parentstv.org
Other tips and help for parents can be found on http://www.televisionwatch.org
For Instructions on how to use your V-Chip, go to http://www.vchipcanada.ca
For show descriptions go to http://www.TV.com
Complaints can be sent via http://www.crtc.gc.ca/ or http://www.adstandards.com
Participate in the TV Turn off Week http://www.tvturnoff.org
Family Television Reviews - Top Picks http://www.commonsensemedia.org
The TV Boss – http://www.thetvboss.org
Televisions Top Rated Shows http://www.neilsenmedia.com
Violent Toys http://www.lionlamb.org

                    INTERNET and TECHNOLOGY
                     What’s Popular? ___________________________________________________________

Parents:                                        Kids:
Watch out for signs that your child is being    Tell an adult you trust – teacher, parent, older sibling, grandparent
bullied online – a reluctance to use the        If you are being harassed, leave or stop the activity (i.e. chat room,
computer or go to school may be an              news group, online gaming area, instant messaging, etc.).
                                                If you are being bullied through e-mail or instant messaging, block
If the bully is a student at your child’s       the sender’s messages. Never reply to harassing messages.
school, meet with school officials and ask
for help in resolving the situation.            Save any harassing messages and forward them to your Internet
                                                Service Provider (i.e. Hotmail or Yahoo). Most service providers
Report any incident of online harassment        have appropriate use policies that restrict users from harassing
and physical threats to your local police       others over the Internet – and that includes kids!
and your Internet Service Provider (ISP).
                                                If the bullying includes physical threats, tell the police as well
                                                                            BODY IMAGE and EATING DISORDERS:
YouTube Safety Tips: “The first thing                                    Thinspiration (a portmanteau of thin and
everyone needs to know is that YouTube is                                inspiration) is a term that refers to a role
NOT for people under the age of 13.”                                     model used by people (often individuals with
Reporting Abuse: YouTube doesn't allow videos with nudity,               eating disorders) to inspire them to lose
graphic violence or hate. If you come across a video like this,          weight. It's most common in the pro-ana
click the link on the video to flag it as Inappropriate and submit       (anorexia) community, but not confined to it.
the form on the next page to report it to YouTube.                                                           (Wikipedia)

                     Social Networking                        User Beware:
                                                                        Ask your friends to remove pictures or photos
                                                                         from their profiles
       Do NOT post your location. (City, School, Job)
                                                                        Information and photos are stored on a
         Do NOT accept friends you do not know                           cache link
           Create a password for invited friends                        Consider that teachers, employers, parents
                                                                         and law enforcement could read your blog
             Do NOT post answers to surveys
                                                                        There are 65 million potential viewers of your
        Do NOT post school, birthday, or event info                      profile.
            Do NOT include email / IM address                 Example Profile:
                 Use a non descript URL:                          Sample profile with “too much information”
                                                                                 visit Dateline
                                                                 Parents’ Guide to Safe Social Networking visit:
Suggestions from Wired Safety.org:
Spyware is a type of software that can install advertising, collect personal information, or change your computer's
configuration, without your consent (i.e. Adware and Malware). Some good sites for online shareware are: SpyBot
http://www.safer-networking.org and Ad-aware http://www.lavasoft.de
Enable prompting for software installation (Active X Controls)
Install a pop-up blocker
Use an antivirus product
Use a firewall product
Set your Web browser's history to one day
Don't run file-swapping software (i.e. Limewire or Kazaa)
Disable third party cookies
Disable Java Script
     Identity Theft
     Be careful with mailing lists because spammers use the ‘unsubscribe’ button to validate addresses.
     Use a password with 8 characters including numbers, letters and punctuation.
     Phishing is a form of online fraud. In a typical phishing fraud, an email - supposedly from a legitimate
     company or financial institution - asks you to “verify” or “re-submit” confidential information.

  The parental controls built into Windows Vista are designed to help parents            Cyber Software
  manage what their children can do on the computer. These controls help                 Cyber patrol
  parents determine which games their children can play, which programs                  Net Nanny
  they can use, and which websites they can visit—and when. Parents can
  restrict computer use to specific times and trust that Windows Vista will              McAfee Parental Controls
  enforce those restrictions, even when they're away from home.                          Software 4 Parents
Reporting / Resources
Be Web Aware http://www.bewebaware.ca
Blogsafety http://www.blogsafety.com
Canada’s National Tip Line: Cybertip - http://www.cybertip.ca/en/cybertip
Centre for Addiction Recovery - http://www.netaddiction.com
Get Net Wise – http://kids.getnetwise.org
Get Safe Online http://ww.getsafeonline.org
Internet Addiction - http://www.bewebaware.ca/english/internetaddiction.aspx
NBC To Catch a Predator http://www.msnbc.msn.com
NetSmartz Online Workshop - http://www.netsmartz.org/
Reporting Identity Fraud http://www.recol.ca
Stop Spam Spyware and Phishing - http://www.stopspamhere.ca
Safe Canada http://www.safecanada.ca/

                                 Kid Safe Search Engines
                                 Ask Jeeves For Kids http://www.ajkids.com/
                                 KidsClick! http://www.kidsclick.org/
                                 Looksmart's Kids Directory http://search.netnanny.com/?pi=nnh3&ch=kids
                                 Safe Kids - http://www.safekids.com
                                  Safe Teen – http://www.safeteens.com
                                 Web Wise http://www.webwise.ie
                                 Wired Kids - http://www.wiredkids.org
                                 Yahooligans http://www.yahooligans.com/
         Cyber-bullying is an offence for which students can be suspended or expelled from school.
         Many Ontario schools forbid students from using cell phones in class and in hallways.
         Driving and talking on a cell phone is a major distraction and possible cause of car crashes.
Kid Friendly Phones:
1. Verizon Migo - This bright green phone is designed for kids between the ages of 5 and 9. It has five speed-dial
buttons on the front (one is designated for emergency calls) that you can program via the Internet or on the

2. The Disney Mobile - Parental controls let you restrict the numbers the phone can dial and receive. You can
also limit the hours of the day and days of the week the phone can be used. With the Family Monitor feature, you
can set a monthly allowance for voice minutes, text and picture messages, and downloadable content. When the
limit is reached, both you and your kid are alerted.

             9 Parent is watching
     A/S/L ______________________________________________________________
    CYL8R ______________________________________________________________
         FWB ______________________________________________________________
         IWSN ______________________________________________________________
PAL, PAW ______________________________________________________________
          PIR ______________________________________________________________
    RUF2C ______________________________________________________________
         WTF ______________________________________________________________

Text Messaging and Instant Messaging (SMS)
The following websites have interactive dictionaries to translate text
                                                                                      f U do not
messaging lingo and a list of the most common acronyms and                          undRstNd DIS
abbreviations: http://www.netlingo.com, http://www.teenangels.org/
Guard your contact information. Don't give people you don't know your cell
                                                                                   sNteNc U nEd 2
phone number, instant messaging name or e-mail address
If your child is bullied through a mobile phone, report the problem to your
                                                                                    Lern txt lingo
phone service provider.                                  (media-awareness.com)

Kids Help Phone – http://www.kidshelpphone.ca or 1 800 668 6868

What’s Popular? ________________________________________________________

      Check the ESRB ratings when purchasing or renting video games                    Suggested Reading:
                                                                                      Stop Teaching Our Kids
      Use www.commonsensemedia.org to search for video game reviews                   to Kill: A Call to Action
       based on:                                                                         Against TV, Movie &
      Platform, Age, Title                                                           Video Game Violence by
                                                                                      Lt. Col. David Grossman
      Choose family friendly games http://familyfun.go.com/games/
     Set rules for content and time spent gaming
Tips for Renting: Approach your local video store and ask them to put a restriction on your account that will
prevent your children from renting or buying games that are rated for older players.
Check out: Nintendo Wii “Big Brain Academy “
Parental Controls: Wii has easy built-in parental controls so you can choose the game or content that's right for
your child. Beware of Online-Enabled games where chat can occur between players online.

What’s Popular? ________________________________________________________

Web Resources:
             o National Film Board – http://www.nfb.ca/e                               A jolt can be a violent
               o Internet Movie Database (Complete Film listings and                       act, motivating
                  information) – http://www.imdb.com                                   language, quick film
                o Rotten Tomatoes (Reviews) –                                         cuts, flashes of colour,
                  http://www.rottentomatoes.com                                       exciting music that will
               o Canadian Radio, Television and Telecommunications                    generate excitement in
                   Commission – http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/welcome.htm
                                                                                            its audience.

MUSIC                   What’s Popular? ________________________________________________________
iTunes is the newest and best music downloading program and it costs money therefore completely legal. For
parents, there are some preventative measures that can be applied when considering music downloading from
    o You can restrict explicit content from displaying in the iTunes Store (including music, movies, podcasts,
        radio content, television shows, and music videos).
    o Select Edit preferences, click on Parental Control tab, and check the boxes according to your
        preferences. Click and lock your settings
    o When downloading music, choose “clean” or “radio” versions of songs
Explicit Content
When purchasing CDs look for
the Parent Advisory Labels (PAL).
For more information on PAL, go
to www.riaa.com/issues/

Lyrics: Smack That
I see the one, because she be that lady! Hey!
I feel you creeping, I can see it from my shadow
Why don't you pop in my Lamborghini Gallardo
Maybe go to my place and just kick it like TaeBo
And possibly bend you over look back and watch me
Smack that all on the floor
Smack that give me some more
Smack that 'till you get sore
Smack that oh-oooh!

Music Videos
The V-chip will not block music videos you must select the channel i.e. select and block MTV or Much Music)
     o    Look up lyrics on www.absolutelyrics.com for family music reviews
     o    Broaden your child’s musical interests by introducing them to a variety of genres and songs from a
          variety of eras.
     o    Watch music videos with your child to discuss the content (i.e. stereotypes, sexual content)
     o    Determine what is appropriate music for your home
Peer-to-Peer (P2P) File Sharing – The Dangers
With “free” music downloads comes dangerous software that can extract or destroy information. Most file
sharing activities include illegal, unethical, or immoral activity. Downloading copyrighted music, copyrighted
software, pornographic material and even child pornography are common uses of Peer-to-Peer file sharing.
Spyware – A software program that may be installed on your computer without your consent to monitor your use,
send pop-up ads, redirect your computer to certain websites, or record keystrokes, which could lead to identity
Trojans – Programs that, when installed on your computer, enable unauthorized people to access it and
sometimes to send spam from it.
Virus – A program that can sneak onto your computer — often through an email attachment — and then make
copies of itself, quickly using up all available memory.
Worm – A program that reproduces itself over a network and can use up your computer's resources and possibly
shut your system down.
Browser Hijacker – A common spyware program that changes your web browser's home page automatically,
even if you change it back.
Keystroke Logger – A device or program that records each keystroke typed on a particular computer.


                             PRINT & ADVERTISING
Helpful Resources:                         The Four C’s
Advertising Standards Canada -                o What is Constructed? What elements of design
http://www.adstandards.com                        (e.g., colour, layout, models) are appealing?
Adbusters –                                   o What is the Creed? What messages or
http://www.adbusters.org/home                     values are being reinforced?
Decoding an Advertisement –                   o Are there any Codes? What do the
http://pbskids.org/dontbuyit/parentsgui           symbols represent?
de.html                                       o What is the Commercial? What are they
Mouse Print exposes the strings and               selling? Who is the target market?
catches in advertising fine print –

                                   Participate and Share
                                   Act Appropriately
                                   Research, Ratings and Reviews
                                   Examine Consequences
                                   Need Rules and Restrictions
                                   Take Action
                                   Supervision for Safety
Participate and Share                                      Act Appropriately
o Choose family friendly games to play together            o     Model good habits
o Book club                                                o     Balance media participation with healthy eating
o TV night                                                       and activity
o Create a playlist                                        o     Participate in TV Turnoff Week
o Film study (director or genre)                           o     Inform your children about unethical behaviour
o Create a social networking                                     online (e.g., gossiping, threatening language,
  profile                                                        bullying and online hate)
o Create a family website or blog                          o     Inform your children about healthy sexuality,
o Discuss News Events together                                   online pornography, and sexual predators
o Watch positive YouTube videos                            o     Discuss copyright issues and P2P (Peer to Peer)
                                                                 File Sharing
    What Will I Do? ____________________________
    _________________________________________                  What Will I Do? _______________________________
    _________________________________________                  ____________________________________________
    _________________________________________                  ____________________________________________

                                       Research Ratings and Reviews
                                       o   For Parents:
                                            http://www.commonsensemedia.org
                                            http://www.mediafamily.org/kidscore
                                       o   Make purchases together
                                       o   Educational Resources
                                       o   Media Awareness Network http://www.media-awareness.ca
                                       o   Centre for Media Literacy http://www.medialit.org
                                       o   The Association for Media Literacy http://www.aml.ca/home
                                       o   Media Education Foundation http://www.mediaed.org
                                       o    Ontario Media Literacy http://www.angelfire.com/ms/MediaLiteracy
                                       o    Media Channel http://www..mediachannel.org
    What Will I Do? ___________________________________________________________________________

Examine Consequences: Criminal Code of Canada
Criminal Code of Canada – it is a crime to communicate repeatedly with              What Will I Do? __________
someone if your communication causes them to fear for their own safety or           ________________________
the safety of others.                                                               ________________________
Defamatory Libel – it is a crime to publish a “defamatory libel” such as writing
something that is designed to insult a person or likely to injure a person's
reputation by exposing him or her to hatred, contempt or ridicule.
Canadian Human Rights Act – online hate violates the Canadian Human                 ________________________
Rights Act, if he or she spreads hate or discrimination based on race, national     ________________________
or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status,
family status or disability.
Need Rules and Restrictions                               Take Action
o   Keep the computer out of the bedrooms and             o National Film Board – http://www.nfb.ca
    place in a highly viewable area                       o Advertising Standards Canada –
o   Plan weekly television viewing                          www.adstandards.com
o   Set time limits for all media communication           o Canadian Radio Television and Telecommunications
o   Tape or use your DVR/PVR to record shows                Commission – http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/
o   Download only “Clean” or “Radio” versions of            welcome.htm
    music                                                 o Parental Advisory Labels – http://www.riaa.com
o   Mobile Phones and driving                             o Entertainment Software Rating Board -
o   Homework                                                http://www.esrb.org/
o   Inform your children about                            o Video Games: Mature Rated Games – be a Secret
    privacy (help them                                      Shopper http://www.mediawise.org
    develop an online                                     o National Media Education Week November 5 - 9,
    nickname and password)                                  2007 http://www.mediaeducationweek.ca/
o   Ask to see movie ticket                               o June National Internet Safety Month
    stubs                                                 o For Media Literacy Strategies and Lessons - Media
                                                            Awareness Network http://www.media-awareness.ca
What Will I Do? _________________________
______________________________________                       What Will I Do? _______________________________
______________________________________                       ____________________________________________
_________                                                    ____________________________________________
Safety and Supervision
o   Use a family email account
o   Bookmark safe sites
o   Use kid friendly search engines
o   Do not allow webcam use without supervision
o   Monitor contact lists on cell phones and email
o   Protect your Pay Per View or VOD with a password                           What Will I Do? _________________
o   Activate the V-Chip                                                        ______________________________
o   Restrict explicit content from displaying in iTunes                        ______________________________
o   With Microsoft Vista you can lock settings and activate controls           ______________________________
o   Use Cyber Software and Virus Protection                                    ______________________________
o   Regularly update your version of Internet Explorer                         ______________________________
o   Enable Ratings Control on Internet

Great Media Resources:
Media Awareness Network – http://www.media-awareness.ca/eng/
A Canadian Web site that promotes and supports media education. This site helps parents deal with the media
influences in their children's lives. You'll find tips for talking with your children about media values and culture,
information on media industries, and ideas for taking action in your school and community.
National Institute on Media and the Family – http://www.mediafamily.org
This organization is for parents and educators who are interested in the influence of media on children.
Resources include media awareness programs as well as movie, television, and video game content ratings.
You'll also find helpful hints for parents and families to evaluate use of media.


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