Online Predators: What Do We Know, and What Can We Do?

Are online predators a real threat to children and teenagers? A psychology professor at UCLA studied chat rooms for teens and found explicit sexual exchanges, joking about physical violence and assaults, aggression, and disturbing exchange involving racial prejudice.

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What Not To Do: Watch TV Wrestling

There are plenty of studies showing a link between violent TV and children’s aggressive behavior. Watching one particular sport on TV – wrestling – has even been linked to dating violence.

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Violent Songs

Previous studies have found that enjoying or listening to music with violent messages correlates with hostile attitudes, negative attitudes toward women, lower academic performance, behavior problems in school, drug use and arrests.

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Copy Cats That Kill

The media gives a lot of attention to school violence, and that attention can encourage more threats of violence. Researchers focus on the implications for the media, suggesting that they not give so much attention to these violent incidents and that they avoid portraying perpetrators as counterculture heroes.

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