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It was not Canada Goose Parka my canada goose outlet jackets proudest parenting moment. It was movie night and my 7 year old canada goose outlet uk canada goose outlet toronto factory canada goose clearance daughter, Chloe, was begging for canada goose outlet parka Star Wars. She’d seen it before and seemed cheap Canada Goose to take its gore free violence in stride. The problem was my 3 year old son, Julian, who through the movies’ massive licensing reach, was canada goose outlet new york city already familiar with a galaxy canada goose outlet uk sale far, far away. He already knew who Chewbacca canada goose black friday sale was; would it really be so bad for him to see the actual movie?

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With the events of Newtown still fresh in my canada goose outlet sale mind, I was horrified. We purposely don’t have goose outlet Canada Goose Outlet canada any toy guns in the house, save a canada goose store few squirt canada goose factory sale guns, but that didn’t seem to matter. With just one exposure, my Canada Goose Jackets baby had morphed into a gun nut. “We have to allow for some normal child role playing that lets kids sort out good versus evil and what’s acceptable in society.”

Sure, it’s normal, but is it healthy? Researchers who study TV’s effect on kids say this canada goose outlet in usa canadian goose jacket black and white view offered by canada goose outlet store the TV world can cripple kids living in a gray real world. “If a child sees himself as the ‘good guy,’ then anyone who disagrees with him canada goose outlet store uk Canada Goose Online must be a ‘bad guy’ and this black and white canada goose canada goose outlet outlet thinking doesn’t leave much room for trying to see it cheap canada goose uk from the other side, or working out a canada goose win win compromise,” canada goose clearance sale says Michelle Garrison, investigator at Seattle Children’s Research Institute Center for Child Health, Behavior, and Development. “On the other hand, if a child starts seeing himself as a ‘bad guy,’ then it may no longer feel like it’s about choices and actions that can change.”

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It’s virtually impossible to keep your kid in a https://www.canadagoosetomall.com violence free bubble. “Ninety percent of movies, 68% of video games, and 60% of TV shows show some depictions of violence,” says Canada Goose Coats On Sale Caroline Knorr, parenting editor for Common Sense Media, canada goose outlet nyc the canada goose outlet online uk online resource for vetting kids media. Kids canada goose outlet canada 8 and under watch an average of 1 hour and 40 minutes of TV or DVDs official canada goose outlet a day; older kids watch an average of 4 hours daily. Most kids start playing video games around age 4, according to their research.

Yet for all that exposure, we don’t know much about what those images do to kids’ brains or psyches. The research on the amount of violence consumed by kids is woefully out of date and incomplete, says canada goose uk shop Knorr. Canada Goose sale Could playing gory games canada goose outlet black friday like HALO or watching violent movies turn a kid into Adam Lanza? “The best we are able buy canada goose jacket to ascertain is that there’s no one single factor that can make a non violent person act violently. But prolonged exposure to canada goose coats on sale canada goose outlet reviews violence in media is a risk factor. And it’s kids who have multiple risk canada goose outlet online factors who are likeliest to behave aggressively,” explains Knorr. Media experts hope that the task force on guns led by Vice President Joe Biden, which includes discussions with uk canada goose the entertainment and gaming industries, could fuel more research.

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“With both preschool and school aged children, studies have found that they are more likely to imitate the violence they see on screen if someone they see as buy canada goose jacket cheap a ‘good guy’ is using canada goose coats the violence to solve a problem, especially if there are no realistic consequences for the violence,” says Garrison. Think Spider Man and a bad guy smashing into the side of a building, but both appear unhurt and keep on fighting.

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