Does “Age Appropriate” Media Help Kids Learn Self-Regulation Skills? Probably Not

I’ve long been baffled by the concept of “age appropriate” media for children.

My bafflement is due, in part, to my own childhood. According to my parents, “age appropriate cartoons” was a null set (and a contradiction in terms) once I hit age 10. Yet “age appropriate books” was defined as “did she finish it or not?”

Recently, I had cause to seek out an objective definition of “age appropriate” media for tweens. I’d been part of a conversation in which it was asserted…

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