Media Violence Research and the FCC

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Due to the FCC’s forthcoming propsal to regulate violence on television, CMCH recently sent out a press release about our resources on media violence. The majority of studies over the last 50 years have concluded that media violence does have effects on the attitudes and behaviors of children and teens, ranging from increases in fear… Read more »

Cyberbullying: Getting Worse?

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From circulating emails that mock someone’s appearance to stealing their IM screen-name and using it to insult others, the trend of cyberbullying keeps growing.  Because of the ability to be anonymous online, children and teens often feel a freedom to harass their peers over the Internet to an extent they wouldn’t consider doing face-to-face.  Now… Read more »

Television & Sedentary Behavior and Other New Research

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In a study of 88 boys and girls who wore accelerometers and recorded their TV viewing habits, Roemmich et al found an association between the television access a child had in his or her home and their level of sedentary behavior.  Other new media research: Barr, R. et al. The effect of repetition on imitation… Read more »

The Early Sexualization of Girls

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Anyone who has seen the minuscule outfits sported by Bratz dolls or watched a music video lately can tell you that young women and girls are increasingly being portrayed as sex objects.  Today, the American Psychological Association released a report on the sexualization of girls and women in advertising, merchandising, and media.  Their review of… Read more »

No Privacy Please: Today’s Teens on the Internet

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New York Magazine has a long, but very interesting article today called "Say Everything."  The profiles of a few everyday teens focus on their use of the Internet to display, define, and enhance their identity.  Most adolescents today combine a vast array of Internet tools to keep up with friends (email, IM, MySpace, Friendster), upload… Read more »

TV Increases Food Intake and Other Research

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In an experiment, Temple et al found that children watching television ate more food and ate for longer periods of time than children not watching television.  This reminded me of a similar study done by Blass et al  where they found that college students ate more pizza and mac & cheese when they watched TV… Read more »

Virtual Worlds for Kids

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Over the past few weeks, I’ve seen children everywhere carrying around and talking about Webkinz.  Webkinz are plush animals that come with a "secret code" that a child enters online to be taken to the virtual world of that character.  Once they own the pet, they need to go online to feed and care for… Read more »

25% of Teens Harassed Electronically

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A new survey of teens shows that 1 in 4 are often harassed by peers or significant others over their cell phones or on the Internet.  Text and picture messaging on phones as well as instant messaging and social networking sites on computers are outlets where teens are bullied, often without their parents’ knowledge.  Findings… Read more »

Media Outranks Sex as #1 Concern of Parents

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On Monday, a survey of parents was released showing that children’s media use is the number one concern of parents.  57% of the 1,138 parents who participated said that they were "concerned" or "strongly concerned" about the time their kids spend with media outlets such as television, Internet, and video games.  Media ranked highest on… Read more »

2 Studies: Couch Potatoes, Unwanted Porn

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Two studies in this month’s Pediatrics have made national headlines today: Reuters reported that getting kids to shut off the TV doesn’t necessarily mean they will be more physically active.  CMCH researcher Dr. Alison Field was part of the research team on a four-year study of 10,000 early adolescents.  Although over time, the teens watched… Read more »