- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 12, 2003

Books

•"The Other Parent: The Inside Story of the Media's Effect on Our Children," by James P. Steyer, Atria Books, 2002. This book raises an alarm against the negative impact of modern media on children, the family and society.

•"Not in Front of the Children: Indecency, Censorship, and the Innocence of Youth," by Marjorie Heins, Hill and Wang, 2002. Censorship often is based on the assumption that children must be protected from "indecent" information; this author suggests that argument rests on a shaky foundation.

Online

•Center for Parent/Youth Understanding (www.cpyu.org) is a nonprofit organization that focuses on bridging the cultural and generational gap between parents and teenagers. The Culture Fast Facts section of the site updates parents on what's relevant to their children in terms of media and culture, technology, film, TV, music and youth culture.

•Center for Media Literacy (www.medialit.org) is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to bringing media literacy to every child. The site includes multitudes of materials and articles dedicated to the subject.

Associations

•Entertainment Industries Council, 1760 Reston Parkway, Suite 415, Reston, VA 20190. Phone: 703/481-1414. Web site: www.eiconline.org. The EIC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing awareness and understanding of major health and social issues among the entertainment industries and to audiences at large.

•American Academy of Pediatrics, 141 Northwest Point Blvd., Elk Grove Village, IL 60007. Phone: 847/434-4000. Web site: www.aap.org/advocacy. Information from the AAP's Media Matters campaign includes testimony on children, adolescents and media and links to other media education sites.

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