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PBS for Parents

January 7, 2008 - Betsy Bethel
Public television's "Frontline" is airing two specials that local parents may not want to miss.

-- "The Medicated Child" at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, PBS (both WVPBS and WQED are airing it)

The press release that came to my e-mail states: "With more than four million children now on behavior modifying medications -- some starting as young as 2 years old -- 'Frontline' continues its investigation into the controversial practice of medicating kids."

-- "Growing Up Online" at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, PBS (both WVPBS and WQED are airing it)

Here's what they have to say about this one: "'Frontline' looks at the impact of the Internet on adolescence through the eyes of teens and their parents. The film takes viewers into the private worlds kids are creating online -- from kids who are harassed and bullied, to kids who make social connections virtually when they have few friends at school, to those kids who attain instant celebrity on YouTube."

I'll be interested especially in "The Medicated Child." I have friends who have children on medication for behavior problems who say it's changed their lives for the better. Others ... not so much.

Let me know your thoughts tomorrow night on "The Medicated Child" if you happen to see it. You can also watch it after the fact at the link provided here (which is what I'll be doing).


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