- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 28, 2002

Books

• "Mommy, I'm Scared: How TV and Movies Frighten Children and What We Can Do to Protect Them," by Joanne Cantor, Harcourt Brace and Co., 1998. This book explores all media that might scare children, from fairy tales to movies to the news.

• "Bad Stuff in the News: A Family Guide to Handling the Headlines," by Rabbi Marc Gellman and Monsignor Thomas Hartman, Seastar Books, 2002. The authors of this book, which is aimed at 9- to 14-year-olds, discuss events in the news such as terrorism, natural disasters, school shootings and abused children. They explain in simple as well as metaphysical terms why and how rarely these events happen. Readers also are given ideas on what they can do in their own lives to have a positive impact on the world.

Online

• John Murray, a professor of developmental psychology and director of the School of Family Studies and Human Services at Kansas State University, studies children and television violence. His Web site (www.johnmurray.org/tele.htm) offers readings on that subject and also gives tips on using television wisely.

• University of Wisconsin professor emerita Joanne Cantor, who has written extensively about children and the media, provides information on her Web site (www.joannecantor.com).

• Time magazine has a news site (www.timeforkids.com) geared to young readers.

• AOL's "Kids Only" section (for AOL members) offers news coverage geared to children.

• Nick.com (www.nick.com), the site sponsored by Nickelodeon Television, provides a "Your World" section with news coverage for children.

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