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Growing Up Fast and Furious


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Growing up fast and furious in a media saturated worldWayne WarburtonChildren and media violence: Behavioural and neurological effects of viewing violence John P Murray The impact of violent video games: An overview Craig A Anderson and Wayne A Warburton How does listening to Eminem do me any harm? What the research says about music and anti-social behaviour Wayne Warburton The Internet as "Fast and Furious" Content Ed Donnerstein Messages, minds and mental contamination Cordelia Fine The Impact of Sexualisation - Knowing and Seeing Too Much Louise Newman Children, Media and Ethics Emma Rush There Oughta Be A Law: The (potential) role of law and regulation in slowing down and calming down Elizabeth Handsley Media and Social Policy: Towards an Evidence-Based Approach to Content Regulation Danya Braunstein, Julia Plumb and Wayne Warburton A two-edged sword? The place of the media in a child friendly society Alan Hayes and Carole Jean Index

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Dr Wayne Warburton Dr Wayne Warburton is a lecturer in developmental psychology with the Department of Psychology and is the Deputy Director of the Children and Families Research Centre at Macquarie University (Sydney). Wayne is also a registered psychologist, and represents the interests of telecommunications consumers on the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman's governing council. Wayne has a strong research interest in media effects, primarily comparing the impact of violent visual versus auditory media and examining the effect of violent lyrics versus aggressive tone in violent music. Wayne also has a research interest in media depictions of aggression as a means of controlling one's environment, the development of stable aggressive patterns of thought through media exposure, and video game and screen addictions. Danya Braunstein Danya Braunstein is a Psychologist, Media Consultant and Researcher. She specialises in the clinical treatment of emotional regulation and impulse control, including effects of developmental traumas, conduct disorders and personality disorders. She has conducted experimental research into aggressive behaviour, and evaluative research for clinical treatment programs. This follows a successful media career, where she worked with multi-awarded and top rated TV series, including Australian Idol, The Biggest Loser Australia, and children's programming. She specialised in conducting in-depth character interviews, storyline development and systems management. These series have been broadcast in Australia and internationally.


Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, the Governor of New South Wales, who was to launch this book but was was called to represent Australia at a state funeral in Saudi Arabia, sent a letter to the launch endorsing that the book was "timely and important" and that "I believe this book will assist parents and professionals who work with children to better navigate the opportunities and pitfalls associated with mass media use." - Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, The Governor of NSW This book is a must-read for all parents - Greg Smith, NSW Attorney-General The definitive book to review the impacts of violent and sexualised media on children... - Steve Biddulph Violent media an open book 'There are a lot of books in the world,' said author and father Steve Biddulph yesterday in state Parliament, motioning to all the bound copies of Hansard. 'And this is the most boring collection in the world.' Biddulph was speaking at the launch of Growing Up Fast and Furious, a collection of essays about the damaging effects of films, video games and other media on children. Edited by academic Wayne Warburton and media expert Danya Braunstein, it's a serious book, but that didn't stop the gags. 'Instead of TV, kids are better off climbing over the fence and playing in the bush,' said the Attorney-General, Greg Smith. 'If there's any bush left. But hopefully not to shoot sparrows with slug guns, as we used to. Luckily we were bad shots." Smith said he was glad his children, now aged 25 to 37, don't have to grow up in today's world, with its hyper-violent and ultra-sexual entertainment. 'There are girls of eight and nine dressed up like tarts, I'm sorry to use that word, and they're encouraged by rubbishy magazines,' he said. 'This book is a must-read for all parents.' Biddulph gave an equally impassioned endorsement. 'The main message of this book is that there is no debate,' he said. 'Violent media creates high levels of aggression.' - The Brisbane Times, 21 June 2012 The new book, Growing Up Fast and Furious, just published by The Federation Press, is an engaging, witty and thoughtful investigation of the impact media violence and hyper-sexualized advertising and role portrayals in programmes designed for children and youth.As a Professor of Literature and Hygiene, I highly recommend this outstanding tome. In a mere 250 pages, Warburton and Braunstein have brought together an impressive collection of authors who have carefully researched every aspect of violence and sex", said Dr. Lantern. "There should be a copy in every hygienist's office". Congratulations to the Editors, Authors and Publishers for bringing this fine discussion of these issues to the attention of The Public. - Professor J.A.C. Lantern, M.D., Ph.D., FACCS, Shore Institute For Introspection The essays in this book are the kinds of essays that are needed to move the public toward a better understanding of the effects that media can have and the kinds of policies that might ameliorate those effects. They represent an important contribution to the field. - From the Foreword by Professor L Rowell Huesmann

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