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Your Children Are Under Attack: How Popular Culture Is Destroying Your Kids' Values, and How You Can Protect Them Hardcover – March 1, 2005
From the Author
Your children are under attack. This assault is not coming from terrorists within or outside our borders. It is not coming from disturbed people in our communities.
This onslaught is coming from our own American popular culture: * Media violence and sexuality (e.g., video games, television, movies) instead of compassion * Bad behavior by professional athletes (e.g., Kobe Bryant, Terrell Owens) instead of respect * Celebrity-driven media (e.g., E!, the Osbournes) instead of substance * Physical attractiveness (e.g., cosmetics, plastic surgery) instead of character * Corporate corruption and greed (e.g., Enron, Adelphia) instead of integrity * Materialism (e.g., advertising, fashion, electronics) instead of meaning * Childhood obesity (e.g., fast food, soft drinks, candy) instead of health * Pressure to win in youth sports (e.g., over-involved parents, traveling teams) instead of fun.
Popular culture used to reflect the values of America. Now it has become a voracious beast of materialism, celebrity and excess that shapes those values to meet its own greedy needs. Popular culture can no longer be trusted to act in your childrens best interests and communicate healthy, life-affirming values.
With the information and tools you learn from Your Children Are Under Attack, you will again have the power to protect your children from American popular culture and ensure that your children grow up to become positive, strong, safe and caring people.
About the Author
Jim Taylor, Ph.D. has published more than 400 articles in scholarly and popular publications, and has given more than 500 workshops and presentations throughout North America and Europe. He is the author of eight books, including Positive Pushing: How to Raise a Successful and Happy Child.
Dr. Taylor has appeared on NBC's Today Show, ABC's World News This Weekend, and major television network affiliates. His research has been the subject of syndicated sports columns that have appeared in dozens of newspapers across the country. Jim has been a columnist for The Denver Post , and has been interviewed for articles that have appeared in The Miami Herald, The Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, The Baltimore Sun, The Denver Post, Skiing, Outside, and many other newspapers and magazines. He gives 5-10 presentations a month to parents, educators, children, coaches, athletes, and mental health and medical professionals.
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Toward the end of his barrage, he finally asked, "Why can't they be like we were, perfect in every way? What's the matter with kids today?"
Dr. Jim Taylor, in his book "Your Children are Under Attack: How Popular Culture is Destroying Your Kids' Values, and How You Can Protect Them," addresses this age-old question with an answer: popular culture is devastating our lives.
Video games, too much TV, corporate fraud, materialism, the inundation of information from the Internet, the unreasonable emphasis on physical attractiveness, plus the lack of physical activity leading to childhood obesity -- these are endangering our children and our culture.
Throughout the book, Taylor's theme never waivers. "The messages that American popular culture communicate to children today are in direct conflict with what is best for them," he writes. "Popular culture is now a truly counterproductive force in families' lives...."
Taylor believes that those who in past generations were institutional partners with parents such as the government, corporate America and even our schools have themselves given in to the illusory promises of instant gratification and the almighty "bottom line."
Parents are left standing alone between their children and millions of images from TV, DVDs, XBoxes, etc.
Taylor believes modern pressures lead to lazy parenting - raising children "in the most convenient way" because adults are exhausted and overwhelmed by the pace and impact of everyday life.
The message is grim, but Taylor offers hope. Taylor explains how families can make their values clear, communicate them to one another, and live discriminating lives aware yet distanced from the dangers of pop culture.
For example, he gives straight-forward language parents can use to guide their children toward making safe, sound decisions.
He also gives parents permission to say no to pop culture and to band together with those of like minds to create safe, nurturing environments for their families -- places that do not focus on self-serving ends but that foster compassion, confidence, and kindness.
Taylor is not really coming from a political point of view, and he is definitely not coming from a Christian point of view. He does not mention religion, nor Republicans, nor Democrats. His concern is children, only children, and what our popular culture does to children if parents don't take steps to hold it at bay and model values.
(That's right, parents, it's not enough to turn off "South Park" and say 'Don't watch that trash' to your kids. You have to walk the walk and sit down with them at dinner and be a model of adult love and responsibility.)
Taylor is intense, and not given to shades of gray "There is no more destuctive force in your children's lives than American popular culture," he writes, and he doesn't just mean Britney Spears' belly button, although that's part of it. It's the whole business model of American capitalism that sells young people crappy stuff and shallow, transient feelings, and then sells them a slightly different version of the same thing next week.
"Under Attack" can be repetitious, but a lot less repetitious than 800 million commercials for the next Fox reality show. I'll vote for Taylor.
While I was previously aware of pop-culture and it's influence, this book really clarifies the true extent of how insidious our current pop-culture is and how it is literally attacking our children's values. He outlines the extent of corporate greed that markets grossly violent video games, movies, music, clothing that sexualize children, unhealthy food, etc. to our kids and how celebrities are idolized even when their behavior is horrific.
It all starts with awareness. As parents we need to be aware of the constant bombardment of our children with today's negative and greed-driven popular culture. We also need to make our children aware of it as well. This book will really do that. Dr. Taylor sets forth a clear strategy to fight back and win this war for our children's values. He stresses starting a Family Value Culture as a defense system where you live and model your family values and your children are a part of that team. He also gives clear guidance about what really works to instill the values that you want your kids to have such as compassion, honesty, love, character, integrity, and responsibility.
As parents and caregivers, by arming ourselves with knowledge, awareness and the tools set forth in this book, we can truly make a difference in our children's lives and minimize the negative effects of today's pop culture. I have already given several copies to friends and will continue to recommend it to all of the parents and caregivers I know.
Thank you, Dr. Taylor for giving us a great tool to fight back and win the war.
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