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Points to Teach Children About Media

Tell Your Children That…

  • What they see on TV, video, computer games is not real; it is fantasy, make believe.
  • Guns, knives, and bullets they see on TV are not real.

Talk About Consequences of Violence
Explain that:

  • Real-life violence causes injuries, bruises, and hurts.
  • Real-life violence can make people lose friends and feel bad.
  • Real-life violence can make people afraid, angry, mad, upset.
  • Real guns and knives can hurt or kill people.

Talk About Heroes, Good Guys, and Bad Guys

  • Who are the bad guys on TV? What do they do? Why do they kill and hurt people?
  • Who are the good guys or heroes on TV? What do they do?
  • Who are the good guys or heroes in your family or neighborhood? What do they do? Are they different from those on TV?
  • Talk about what true heroes are: people who are courageous, brave, and do good things to help others. They do not use violence to solve problems.

 

 

 


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