Healthy Media for Youth Week
July 12-16, 2010

Introduction

Recent research shows serious consequences associated with sexualized media images. APA has long been involved in issues related to the impact of media content on children.

From July 12-16, APA will recognize Healthy Media for Youth Week (HMY), which will feature activities, programs and learning opportunities spearheaded by the APA Public Interest Directorate to draw attention to ways in which psychological research has substantiated the tremendous impact that media has on our youth.

Urge your Congressperson to support the Healthy Media for Youth Act (H.R. 4925). 

Sexualized media images

Virtually every media form studied provides ample evidence of the sexualization of women, and research links sexualization with three of the most common mental health problems of girls and women:

  • eating disorders,

  • low self-esteem, and

  • depression or depressed mood.

Solutions

  • Parental Involvement
    Parents can help by monitoring and limiting children’s media use (i.e., TV, Internet, and video games); talking with their children; questioning their choices; encouraging healthy activities; and modeling positive media use and buying behavior.

  • Legislation
    APA initiated legislation, the Healthy Media for Youth Act (H.R. 4925) to increase research, youth empowerment and media literacy programs, and create a Federal Communications Commission task force to help curb this serious issue. We urge you to make a difference by asking your representative to co-sponsor this legislation.

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