Barker and Petley's Introduction from Ill Effects discusses so-called dangers of the media that they have seen other researchers try to come up with. They discuss ill- effects people fear, sparked by the Newson report. I found the part "Thinking About Children" particularly of interest. Barker and Petley report that the media sometimes has "phrases about the need to protect children"(Barker and Petley 5). They further go on to note how adults are so concerned with protecting an idealized version of childhood that "the imagination of the child is conceived as the past and future utopia of the adult" (6). I think its interesting how they note that adults are consumed with protecting children from dangers in the media, especially when the reason they do this is to create an innocent childhood, which they themselves probably did not experience.
I work for a children's celebrity fan website, called Fanlala.com and the whole point of the website is to create a safe experience for kids to experience the internet that parents should supposedly approve. One of my main tasks as an intern is to manually approve anything a child publishes on the site to make sure it is clean. I have to make sure there is no foul language and determine what is appropriate for a child on the internet to read. The website features its own youtube content and focuses on teen age celebrities. Parents allow their children to use this media as they believe is is safe for their children and want their kids to experience a childhood with "natural innocence"(6). Parents are so concerned with their children's possibility of a corrupted innocence by experiencing ill effects of the media that sites such as this exist. In reality, many sites that are child protected exist in order to protect children.