2007 Conference Explores Ways of Creating a Healthier Media Environment for Children and Their Families

Conference examining the impact of media and entertainment on children and families

In 2007, Common Sense Media and the Aspen Institute convened leaders in public health and education, policy-makers and media executives to explore ways of creating a healthier media environment for children and their families.

Key Results: The conference—titled "Beyond Primetime: Will Media Help Grow Healthier Kids? Stay Tuned"—took place February 5–6, 2007, in New York. The conference drew 265 people from 167 organizations, including the New York Times, Columbia University, Nickelodeon, MTV Networks and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Key themes of the conference included:

  • The media as parent.
  • What is the responsibility of media leaders?
  • Should media be regulated when it comes to kids?
  • Keeping kids healthy in a 24/7 environment.
  • Media, kids and ethics.
  • Does the internet change everything?
  • Good media for kids can make a difference.

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