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Ever since the regulation of children's television in the 1980s, marketing violence to children
through the media has become increasingly prevalent. The violent programs themselves, as well
as the toys, video games, and other products linked to them, glorify violence, undermine play, and
portray racial stereotypes. While these practices harm all young children, they present a special
risk for children of color because of how racial messages are linked to violence in the shows.
This situation is especially worrisome for young children of color who are disproportionately
represented among low-income children, consume more hours of media per day, and have many
other risk factors undermining their healthy development.
Young children growing up today spend an enormous amount of time consuming media. Two- to
seven-year-olds now average over three hours a day of "screen time" on such activities as
watching TV and playing video games (Rideou...
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