Frontline: The Medicated Child
This fascinating program from PBS's "Frontline" series explores the realities and controversies surrounding the increasingly frequent prescription of behavior-modifying medication for children as young as 2 years old. Numerous experts, including psychiatrists, government regulators and scientific researchers, discuss both the dangers and the benefits of the various drugs being used to treat children with behavioral problems and mental illnesses.
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Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
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English: Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this news documentary series provides thoughtful, provocative insight on current events as a way of raising public awareness of contemporary issues. While the series overall is educational, some installments include in-depth interviews and video footage that may be too strong for younger viewers. (Of course, chances are that most kids -- including plenty of teens -- won't really be clamoring to see a news-focused series anyway.)
- Sexual Content
- Some of the installments discuss issues of a sexual nature (sex-slave trade, etc.). These discussions are presented as informational content.
- Some episodes discuss violent events, such as war, terrorism, and rebellion. The accompanying images can be harrowing, but there's no active violence, per se.
- Occasional mild language, such as "damn."
- Social Behavior
- The series is intended to provide thorough coverage of all aspects of a particular issue. Many of the stories focus on the plight of the underserved, as well as bringing attention to controversial issues of our era -- including AIDS, abortion, and sexism. Multiple points of view are presented.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Drugs, alcohol, and tobacco products are sometimes visible as part of the documentation of events. Addiction and drug/alcohol-related deaths are sometimes discussed. Use of legal and illegal narcotics, such as treatments for AIDS and cancer, are also talked about.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it