October JAH: A Plethora of Media Research!

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This month’s Journal of Adolescent Health has five articles related to media!  First, an editorial by Jane Brown gives an overview of media literacy efforts in the US, mentioning CMCH Director, Dr. Michael Rich‘s study of media-related material in medical residency curriculums. Two studies deal with substance use and media exposure: Primack, B. A., Gold,… Read more »

Joanne Cantor Weighs in on Media Violence

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This week, in the city where a horrendous college shooting occured just two weeks ago, the Montreal Gazette published an article about today’s technology trends, and whether we’re missing out on real human connections.  Since the shooter’s love for violent video games was immediately mentioned concurrently with the incident, it’s no wonder many people are… Read more »

Nickelodeon Turns Off the TV

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On Saturday September 30th, from 12-3 pm, kids who tune into Nickelodeon will not see any of their regularly scheduled programming.  Instead they will see only a logo for the 3rd annual Worldwide Day of Play, a campaign encouraging kids to play outside.  To date, more than 860 events are planned nationwide, providing kids with… Read more »

UNESCO Releases New Publication

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Last week, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) released a new "yearbook" of contributions from researchers on the topic of media and young people.  In the Service of Young People? Studies and Reflections on Media in the Digital Age is divided into two parts.  The first part contains articles by researchers around… Read more »

3 New Studies in Journal of Communication

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The September issue of the Journal of Communication has 3 articles on media: Chia, S. C. (2006). How Peers Mediate Media Influence on Adolescents’ Sexual Attitudes and Sexual Behavior. Journal of Communication, 56(3), 585-606. Eastin, M. S., Greenberg, B. S., & Hofschire, L. (2006). Parenting the Internet. Journal of Communication, 56(3), 486-504. Livingstone, S., &… Read more »

Family and Home Correlates of Teen Viewing

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Hardy et al surveyed over 300 young teens about their TV viewing habits and found that 2/3 of the teens watched 2 or more hours of TV per day.  They found a number of factors correlated with this:  Having siblings Having access to pay television Eating snacks while watching television Watching television with parents Having… Read more »

CMCH Director in Washington Post

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Writer Amy Alexander interviewed CMCH Director, Dr. Michael Rich, about the ambivalence most parents today feel for technology.  They know their kids are using it constantly and that technological knowledge can help them get ahead, but still, it makes some parents uneasy.  Read the full story in this Washington Post article "Moms vs. the Machines."

CAMRA Passes by Unanimous Consent!

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The Children and Media Research Advancement (CAMRA) Act was passed by unanimous consent in the Senate yesterday.  CAMRA will allocate federal funds from 2007 through 2012 "to study the role and impact of electronic media in the development of children." To view the text of the bill as it was passed by the Senate and… Read more »

CMCH Director on World News Tonight

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Tonight, September 14th, CMCH Director Dr. Michael Rich will appear on World News Tonight to comment on the Montreal shooting.  The broadcast will air at 6:30 pm on ABC. 

“Life is like a video game, you gotta die sometime”

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Yesterday, 25 year old Kimveer Gill went on a shooting rampage at Montreal’s Dawson College.  After investigating his background, police found he had an extensive blog featuring hate talk and photos of himself with semiautomatic weapons and knives that he had updated just before the shooting spree.  Many are wondering how the violent media he… Read more »