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Under the Influence of…Music?

By TARA PARKER-POPE

While songs about drugs and sex are nothing new, the issue is getting more attention because so many children now have regular access to music out of the earshot of parents. Nearly 9 out of 10 adolescents and teens have an MP3 player or iPod/iPhone .

Studies have long shown that media messages have a pronounced impact on childhood at risk behaviors. Exposure to images of smoking in movies influences a child’s risk for picking up the habit. Alcohol use in movies and promotions is also linked to actual alcohol abuse.

What’s on your iPod? (Ben Margot/AP)

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