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After 25 years of psycho-social studies, what do we know about the effects of horror films?

For parents and educators, one of the greatest concerns when choosing audio-visual resources is knowing whether the content is age-appropriate. There are websites that can help decide (in italian only) on criteria for choosing content.

But what do we really know about the effects of violence in film and television, about the effects of horror films and scenes of explicit sex on the children--and those who are no longer children?

The influence of the media

Only those who sell sex deny that pornography harms adults. Backed up by serious studies, some social agents, such as the Catholic Church in the United States, are fighting this addiction that destroys many marriages.

Recently, some celebrities, after making the problem known to their wives, have decided to confess it to the public as well, to strengthen their resolve and to help others who have the same problem. 

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Mercy and forgiveness: the roots of the family

The overly-emotional nature of contemporary society, demonstrated throughout mass media and exacerbated by digital technology and social networks has contributed to a loss of understanding of the “grammar” of emotions, rather than an increase in it.

Almost as a consequence, learning to forgive – in both family life and work, has become a vitally important educational challenge. On Friday, March 11, an afternoon of study was held at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, on Mercy and Family, during which a number of discussions took place under the theme of Mercy and Forgiveness.

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Can content quality actually improve, or must we settle for passivity?An interview with Gabriel Delgado of “A Favor de lo Mejor”

Through modern TV and radio programming, and the constantly updated web variety, mainstream media offers a much broader content choices than previous decades.

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The Eskimo Family: Nanook Revisited

 The Eskimo Family: Nanook Revisited

One of my top movies is Robert J. Flaherty’s Nanook of the North (1922). I conside...

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Global Sexual Revolution and Gender Ideology. An Enlightening Book

Global Sexual Revolution and Gender Ideology. An Enlightening Book

Gabriele Kuby, The Global Sexual Revolution. Destruction of Freedom in the Name o...

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From Sailor Moon to The Winx Club, how tv programmes have changed in the last 15 years

From Sailor Moon to The Winx Club, how tv programmes have changed in the last 15 years

Back in the 90s there was a popular cartoon series called Sailor Moon .

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The tablet or the table? Conviviality according to Steve Jobs and Fabrice Hadjadj

The tablet or the table? Conviviality according to Steve Jobs and Fabrice Hadjadj

It’s more than right that Steve Jobs and Apple reduce conviviality (from the Lat...

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The Aristocats: Mom and Dad Still Exist, at Least in Cartoons

The Aristocats: Mom and Dad Still Exist, at Least in Cartoons

Once upon a time, there were three little kittens named Marie, Berlioz and Toulo...

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The Image of the Father in International Journalism

The Image of the Father in International Journalism

What is the image of the father in the news media? Is it relevant and, if so, fr...

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I Didn’t Know It, but I Was Waiting For You: a book by a young person, for young people

I Didn’t Know It, but I Was Waiting For You: a book by a young person, for young people

We interviewed Cecila Galatolo, communication student at The University of the H...

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Addicts and Emotional Impact of TV Series

 Addicts and Emotional Impact of TV Series

When the globalization phenomenon burst into our lives a few years ago, numerous...

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The Specialness of Raising a Down's Syndrome Child

The Specialness of Raising a Down's Syndrome Child

Being born into large families has strongly shaped the life perspectives of Carmen...

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5 Family Life Lessons

5 Family Life Lessons

The sudden death of US Supreme Court judge Antonin Scalia in February attracted ...

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An Interview with Colin Brady

An Interview with Colin Brady

Colin Brady is an American animator and film director. He has worked as lead anim...

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Publications and Documents

pdf-icoMessage of His Holiness Pope Francis for the 49th World Communications Day
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pdf-icoThe love that brings new life into the world” – Rabbi Sacks on the institution of marriage.
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pdf-icoIt’s a synod on the family, remember?
Divorce, annulments, and contraception certainly have their impact on family life, but surely it is a negative one.

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pdf-icoCreative Language: Decoding, Reframing and Defending Concepts of Human Identity
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pdf-icoFamily or Families?
Towards a better understanding of Humanization and Generativity
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pdf-icoSocial Networks: portals of truth and faith; new spaces for evangelization.
Message of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI for the 47th World Communications Day
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pdf-icoThe Familiaris consortio (On the role of the Christian Family in the Modern World) thirty years later
Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, Archbishop of Bologna. Bologna, AMBER Association, 22 January 2012.
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pdf-icoFamily relationships, how they are presented in the media, and virtual relationshipsNorberto González Gaitano (Pontifical University of the Holy Cross).Giovanni Spadolini’s Hall. Senate of the Italian Republic.International Day of the Family, May 13, 2011.
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pdf-icoThe secret of brands. What’s hidden behind the communication of fashion: real needs or only emotive suggestions?The new edition of What’s left of the media by Gianfranco Bettetini and Armando Fumagalli (Quel che resta dei media; Franco Angeli, Milan) has recently hit bookstores.
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giovanni_paolo_ii_50_50Message of John Paul II for the 38th World Communications Day (2004)
"The Media and the Family: A Risk and a Richness ."
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giovanni_paolo_ii_50_50Message of Benedict XVI for the 43rd World Communications Day (2009)
"New Technologies, New Relationships. Promoting a Culture of Respect, Dialogue and Friendship."
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