Making Democracy Work

Awareness of Violence in Media Community Conversation

Community Conversation

This conversation about the relationship between media and its positive and negative effects on societal behavior as well as the development of children was held on October 10, 2013. This program kicks-off a year long community discussion about this topic, with a focus on the awareness of violent media. This is an opportunity for parents, caregivers, educators and youth to learn more as well as develop strategies for using media in a healthy way.

Panelists included:

Michael Rich, MD, MPH, Director and Founder of the Center for Media and Child Health at Boston Children's Hospital

Nancy Carlsson-Paige, Professor Emerita, Lesley University, author and child development expert

Tom Fielder, Dean, College of Communications, Boston University

Moderator: Anthony Brooks, co-host, Radio Boston, WBUR

The forum and ongoing programs are being planned and developed by volunteers from the Lexington community and the League. For more information or to find out about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Paula Antonevich at or 781/674-2795.

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Resource List

Center on Media and Child Health (CMCH)

Campaign for Commercial-Free Childhood

Fact sheets on or related to violence in the media.

National Institute for Media and the Family

Research the influence of the media on youth and educate parents.

TRUCE (Teachers Resisting Unhealthy Children's Entertainment)

Produce an annual guide of toys that are educationally and developmentally appropriate for young children.

Common Sense Media

Provide parents with media reviews in order to help them make the best media choices for their children.

Other Resources

"Bad News Revisited: The Portrayal of Violence, Conflict, and Suffering on Television News" by Roger N. Johnson, School of Theoretical and Applied Science, Ramapo College.

For more information or to participate in future programming about this topic, please email