The reduction in funding for tobacco prevention means Hoosiers will have more kids smoking, more lives lost to tobacco and higher tobacco-related health care costs.
Another peril to our kids that we often ignore is the glamorization of violence. As we mark the anniversary of the Newtown, Conn., tragedy which left 27 children and adults dead, The Culture and Media Institute, a conservative watchdog group, has released a study noting that the 20 highest-rated dramas shown on TV the week before last year’s shootings featured 145 acts of violence.
That included 101 gun-related acts of violence and 39 deaths. “The Walking Dead,” “NCIS: Los Angeles” and “Sons of Anarchy” featured extended gun battles.
The CMI claims that Hollywood is hypocritical in its attitude toward guns. While TV and movie stars call for stronger gun control laws, their shows glamorize violence.
We renew our plea to parents: Please closely monitor kids’ television, video games and movies. Far too many young people view things that are too intense, even, for many adults.
Speaking of intensity … bring back the ads that graphically, but accurately, depicted tobacco’s toll.
— Kendallville News Sun
THE ISSUE Physical and mental health of our kids. THEIR VIEW The protection of their youth falls to the parents.