Sesame Street: Children of Soldiers

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700,000 American children under 5 now have at least one parent deployed in military service. Tonight on PBS, Sesame Street will be showing clips from their new DVD for these military families, When Parents are Deployed.  Sesame Street producers have never shied away from presenting tough issues to kids in a way they can understand,… Read more »

TV and Teen Sex, 4 Other New Studies

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Tolman et al surveyed over 700 teens to learn more about their TV viewing habits in relation to their sexual behavior.  They found that the way teens felt about their own sexuality depended not on how much sexual content they saw, but on the types of situations they saw within that content.  For example, when… Read more »

Census: Americans Love Their Media

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Today, the Census released its Statistical Abstract of the US, painting a numerical picture of the lives of Americans.  One of the major findings was that as a people, we devote 146 days, or roughly five months a year, to consuming forms of media.  The majority of that time is spent watching television.  See the… Read more »

Teens and Media Multitasking

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This week the Kaiser Family Foundation released a report titled The Teen Media Juggling Act which investigates the implications of teens’ use of multiple media simultaneously.  Among their key findings: Many teens use media while they do homework, especially if they are doing homework on a computer. Teens are most likely to media-multitask when they… Read more »

Subway Removes Violent Game Ads

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Last month we posted about a letter CMCH Director Dr. Michael Rich signed, asking authorities at the Massachusetts subway system to remove ads for the violent video game Grand Theft Auto.  The ads were removed last month, and today the MBTA responded (pdf) by stating that they will no longer accept advertising for games rated… Read more »

Survey: Parents Familiar with ESRB Ratings

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"A recent survey of over 1,000 video-gamers and their parents found that 80% of these parents report being familiar with, and paying close attention to, the ESRB ratings.  Over half of the parents surveyed report that the ESRB ratings are a major influence on whether or not they purchase a game for their children, and… Read more »

Tobacco Marketing Meta-Analysis and Other New Research

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In a powerful meta-analysis of 149 studies of tobacco media exposure on youth under 18, Wellman et al conclude that "exposure to pro-tobacco marketing and media increases the odds of youth holding positive attitudes toward tobacco use and more than doubles the odds of initiating tobacco use." Other new research in December includes: Robinson, J…. Read more »

CMCH List of Healthy Gift Ideas

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With the holiday shopping season now at its peak, we are all faced with the daunting task of finding the right gifts. Media have become increasingly central to the holiday season – they are used to motivate consumers to buy and, from video games and DVDs to MP3 players and cell phones, media are among… Read more »

TV Linked to Fast Food Intake and Other New Research

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In a new study in Obesity, researchers found that with every hour of television a preschool child watched, they were more likely to eat fast food more than once a week.  Dr. Don Goldmann, Chair of the CMCH Advisory Board, was one of the authors of this study. The December issue of Pediatrics is chock… Read more »

Video Game Report Card – Gift Recommendations

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The 2006 Video Game Report Card was released this week, complete with recommendations on which games parents should avoid and which games they should look into for children’s holiday gifts.  The report card is an annual overview written by the National Institute on Media and the Family. See article on recommendations for parents Download the… Read more »