Month: July 2015

Protecting Children From Media

Protecting Children From Media

For his 10th birthday, Greg was given a handheld videogame system. His parents allowed him to pick any two games. They knew the games might contain violence, because there was a violence rating sign posted on the games, but rationalized that they were only games and other kids play them. Greg would quickly finish dinner and run up to his room to play his games.

His parents were pleased to observe that Greg enjoyed their present so much. After a week, his parents noticed that he wasn’t turning off the videogames at bedtime, and had begun turning homework in late. He was up so late playing that he would not get up for school without argument. His parents decided that enough was enough and took the video games away. Greg threw temper tantrums and persuaded his parents to buy him a computer after convincing them that it was necessary to keep up at school. Greg soon returned to the same pattern of behavior where he spent long hours and late nights at the computer. This time, his parents felt a false sense of security that he was doing his homework. One day, his curious parents decided to scan the computer history to see what Web sites Greg was browsing. To their horror, they discovered that Greg was spending many hours online playing interactive, sometimes violently graphic, games on the Internet. He was also chatting with other “gamers”. Before confronting Greg about his behavior, his mother and father agreed to investigate what types of intervention strategies might be available within their community. They have come to you, a behavioral consultant, for advice.

Click to Read the Kaiser Family Foundation Study: Generation M2. Media in the Lives of 8- to 18- Year Olds.

Describe the issue of exposure to videogame violence in today’s society as related to Greg’s situation. Explore issues such as:

Prevalence (e.g., age, gender, racial diversity, etc.) Given Greg’s developmental level, what are possible dangers of exposure to media violence? Be sure to address this in the context of his cognitive and socioemotional development. Risk and protective factors, including predisposition to violence (e.g., are all children who play violent videogames likely to become more aggressive? What protective factors might mitigate the possible outcomes for Greg? Discuss the possible outcomes if Greg’s behavior continues unchecked. Discuss types of intervention strategies you would expect his parents to find at a community level, such as in community centers, schools, and social service agencies, to assist children like Greg who are at risk due to ongoing exposure to media violence. What would be a good plan to recommend to Greg’s parents? Compare the dangers of exposure to videogame violence with other forms of violence. What are similarities and differences between videogame violence exposure and the other type of violence you chose to compare? What are the costs of videogame violence to the family and the community and society at large and the other form of violence you chose for comparison? format your paper in APA (6th edition) style, using information you learned in your textbook and from the Kaiser Family Foundation Study to support your response. Your paper should be between 4 and 5 pages in length. Include a cover page, abstract, and reference list, which should cite any information used from your assigned textbook, Kaiser Family Foundation reference, and other sources such as online course content.

Assignment 2 Grading Criteria Maximum Points Discuss issues such as prevalence (i.e., age, gender, and racial differences). 16 Discuss dangers of media violence in the context of Greg’s developmental level. 20 Discuss risk and protective factors, including predisposition to violence. 20 Discuss possible outcomes of continued exposure to videogame violence. 20 Discuss the intervention strategies/services his parents could find at the community level. 20 Recommend an intervention strategy for Greg. 20 Compare videogame violence to another form of violence. 20 Discuss societal costs of videogame and other form of violence chosen for comparison. 20 Style (4 points): Tone, audience, and word choice

Organization (12 points): Introduction, transitions, and conclusion

Usage and Mechanics (12 points): Grammar, spelling, and sentence structure

APA Elements (16 points): In text citations and references, paraphrasing, and appropriate use of quotations and other elements of style 44 Total: 200

Consider the validity, reliability, and practically of these variables. Explain why the data you would collect would meet the standards for quality data.

Identify primary and secondary data sources that would you use. (For this discussion, a survey is not an option). Justify why these data sources are appropriate for the study’s purpose. Identify the variables from the data sources that you would use for analysis. Distinguish between the levels of data for the variables you would collect.

Primary data sources would include county records for building permits and demographic information. These sources can provide information about the local economy and local populations. Demographic information such as the nominal levels of gender, race, and company names and types would be the first level. Not only does one want to know what the people in the area are, but we need to know the types of companies that are located in both the proposed new area and the current location.

Ordinal information from the demographics would include household income, level of education, and other resource information to help determine things like disposable income. Some ordinal information may be gained if wages information is available as well. Ranking information lets individuals target specific groups according to their ranking when needed.

Interval and interval ratio will come from secondary sources for information such as what types of things are bought and their costs. For example, are there car dealerships and the type is a nominal level. However, and how much the cars cost and how many people are purchasing them and at what prices people are buying is interval. For these figures, secondary sources like industry or local industry figures can be accessed. The local government will also have information about the type of cars bought and registered in the county. This would be primary source, like other government agency information.

Another primary way to collect data would be to visit and record prices and menus for the most likely competitors for the restaurant. For example, one might not visit the full service luxury restaurant open for dinner only most days, but local sandwich shops, diners, chain restaurants would need to be surveyed for their competitive offerings and prices.

Consider the validity, reliability, and practically of these variables. Explain why the data you would collect would meet the standards for quality data.

Most of the information collected from county tax rolls, vehicle and building permit agencies, and demographic information for the county overall and location specific are going to be reliable. These are accurate because they must meet standards for state and federal funding as well as local funding budgets. Industry records are usually very reliable because again, there are issues of taxing and government oversight, but they also help the organizations that work within their respective industries (in this case I would use restaurant industry, but would also access industry information for areas such as retail, automobile, oil and gas, and any other that might help locate and better identify the population, their living conditions, their geographical location and movement).


  1. Discuss which one of the three qualitative tools (i.e., focus group, in-depth interview, or projective techniques) is the best one for collecting the appropriate data for the research problem.
  2. What are the advantages and disadvantages of your plan?
  3. For the focus group or interview, what topics/questions would you explore (going from general to specific)? If you use the projective technique, how would you do it?