In delivering a presentation on the threats modern media poses to youngsters, a retired Maine police officer said about the entertainment industry, “They don’t care what happens to your child.”
Dan Frazell (pictured) now travels extensively giving similar presentations on the subject of “How the Media is Killing Our Children,” which is also the MIA-like URL of his personal website. According to the Chronicle Herald, Frazell uses his talks to warn about the perils (for kids) of social media sites like Facebook and MySpace, lists websites that show users how to beat drug tests or evade police searches and shows sexually-charged and/or violent scenes from shows like South Park and various music videos.
Frazell, in giving his talk to a group of Nova Scotia Police Association members, also played a clip from Grand Theft Auto IV, saying about the game, “In a 42-second clip, nine police officers were killed in a game to entertain children. Every two and a half days a cop gets killed in America trying to help someone, and we give kids a game (like this).”
In a talk given earlier this year, Frazell said about games, “Video games are more influential than TV because they’re engaging and interactive. You are in control. Violent behavior is good and they receive a reward.”
While encouraging parents to monitor their children’s media activities, Frazell made the claim that “Young people have 40 per cent more natural chemicals in their bodies that make them feel good when excited.”
Don Hussher, Police Chief of the Nova Scotia town of Westville, added, “It’s the future. The days of the hula hoop are gone.”
Image from Maineville