Media and Childhood Development



This lesson discusses the types of electronic media children are exposed to and identifies the effects media can have on their growth and development. It discusses media violence and reviews effective strategies to use with media-traumatized children. Media advertising and the impact it has on children is discussed, along with ways to combat its influence. The purposes of the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) are discussed. Media safety and security guidelines and technologies are identified. Media rating scales are detailed, along with strategies for controlling children’s media use.


IDENTIFY types of electronic media to which children are exposed.

IDENTIFY the impact of electronic media on children.

IDENTIFY the effects of electronic media on children’s growth and development.

RECALL the definition of media violence.

IDENTIFY the types of media violence.

IDENTIFY the effects of media violence on children.

RECALL strategies to use when children are traumatized by tragic events portrayed in media.

IDENTIFY the effects of media advertising on children.

RECALL ways to combat the influence media advertising has on children.

RECALL the purpose of the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).

IDENTIFY media safety and security guidelines for children, parents, and educators.

RECALL media rating scales.

RECALL effective strategies for controlling children’s use of electronic media.