Using Video Games to Socialize

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Steinkuehler and Williams have been studying video games as "third places" — locations where people regularly socialize outside of the home and office.  They’ve found that massively multiplayer online video games (or MMO’s), where people create their own digital characters, have begun to function as "third places" for many youngsters.  While these social connections don’t… Read more »

Food Advertising Research

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Last month, the Kaiser Family Foundation released a report on "Adver-Gaming", where candy and snack food companies often market their websites to children in an effort to sell them a particular brand.  Two new journal articles this month take another look at advertising food to children. Caraher et al conducted a policy review of the… Read more »

Video Game Industry Will Be Paid Legal Fees

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In March of 2005, Dr. Michael Rich, Director of CMCH, testified before the Illinois Senate and House Judicial Committee on what scientific research has shown about the effects of video games on youth.  Illinois proceeded to pass the Safe Games Act, prohibiting the sale or rental of excessively violent or sexually explicit games to minors… Read more »

How to Subscribe to the CMCH Blog

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Subscribing through email: On the left-hand panel, find the blue header that says "Want to know when we add new posts?".  Below it is a white box labeled "Enter your email." Enter the email address where you want to received notification about the CMCH blog Click the “Subscribe Me” button When you receive an email… Read more »

CMCH Scientists Publish Guidance for Pediatricians

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Two CMCH scientists, Dr. Marie Evans Schmidt and Dr. Michael Rich, have published an article titled "Media and child health: Pediatric care and anticipatory guidance for the information age" in the most recent issue of Pediatrics in Review.  After reviewing the history of media effects research, they recommend that pediatricians take four action steps: Inquire… Read more »

TV Provides Distraction from Needles

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In a recent study of 69 children getting shots at a doctor’s office, researchers assigned each child to one of three situations:  receiving the shot while being distracted by TV, receiving the shot while being distracted by their mother, or receiving the shot with no distraction at all.  Bellieni et al found that the children… Read more »

New Research on TV and Snacking

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In a study of over 10,000 Dutch teens, Snoek et al found that 25% of adolescents watched over 3 hours of television a day.  The more that teens watched television, the more likely they were to snack.  The more they snacked, the less likely they were to engage in physical activity. 

3 New Studies About Television

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In a study of over 2,300 junior high school students in Barcelona, Castellis-Cuixart et al found that most ate their meals alone during the week, and that 40% watched TV during breakfast, 39% watched during lunch, and 59% watched during dinner.  Salmon et al implemented a 9 month intervention to reduce television viewing among 164… Read more »

MTV / Kaiser Family Foundation Project – World Premiere

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One of my first posts was about the MTV and Kaiser Family Foundation collaborating to provide young people with video cameras to tell how their generation has been impacted by HIV and AIDS.  Tomorrow, Friday August 18th at 7 pm, MTV will broadcast the world premiere of a half-hour documentary from this project. 

Video Games for Health

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Last month, I posted about a NY Times article on a number of new video games aimed at world change.  Today, I found an article about another breed of positive video games – those being used in the health care field.  Two of the games mentioned in the article are: Brain Age – flex your… Read more »