It is in this context that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) had proposed descriptive labeling of music content and parental advisory labels. The AAP is also apprehensive about the negative behavioral messages that are now commonplace in public television broadcasts. The Pediatrician can play an important role by counseling the parents about watching television with their children, which gives opportunities for constructive parent-child discussions on subjects such as sex, violence and drugs. Commerce should take a back seat to the common good, which means the record companies should exercise more sensitivity and scruples in what they decide to market. They should also collaborate with the artists in producing music that will induce “racial harmony, drug avoidance, nonviolence, safe sexual practices, pregnancy prevention” (Pediatrics 1996), etc. The Federal Communications Act of 1934 states that the radio and television stations are responsible to create broadcast content keeping in mind the best interests of the public. Unless this clause is taken in spirit and not just in letter the status quo will remain.
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“What’s New in Research – Influence of music on youth Behaviors”, The Brown University Child and Adolescent Behavior Letter, Brown University, June 2006.