The public debate around children's interaction with violent and sexualised media content is hampered by some deep disagreement, not only about how to address such interaction but about whether such interaction even poses a problem. I demonstrate in this chapter that the debate can be advanced beyond its current status by using ethical perspectives to enable powerful analysis of particularly persistent points of disagreement. These ethical perspectives may also help readers to better understand their own values and decision-making processes with respect to children and media.In the first part of the chapter, I briefly introduce the method and content of the academic discipline of ethics and explain in general terms how ethics is related to political philosophy and to the public debate around children's interaction with violent and sexualised media content. I then introduce four of the major perspectives available within ethics and close by noting that ethics has an institutional manifestation in codes of ethics and codes of practice. In the second part of the chapter, I apply these ethical perspectives to recurring issues in the public debate around children's interaction with violent and sexualised media content.
|Title of host publication||Growing up fast and furious|
|Subtitle of host publication||Reviewing the impacts of violent and sexualised media on children|
|Editors||Wayne Warburton, Danya Braunstein|
|Place of Publication||Sydney, NSW|
|Number of pages||16|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|