Mom? Can You Hear Me Now?

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6.6 million American children between the ages of 8 and 12 own cell phones.  A New York Times article explored some of the reasons why parents purchase cell phones for their kids and what happens when they do. Aside from those who finally cave to their children’s repeated requests for phones, many parents purchase cell… Read more »

Food for Thought: Is America Advertising Bad Health?

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Today, the Kaiser Family Foundation released the largest study ever conducted of TV food advertising to children. Their findings include: Half of all ads shown during children’s shows are for food, the top product seen by children. 34% of all food ads targeting youth are for candy or snacks. Of the 8,854 ads reviewed in… Read more »

Are You Saying I’m Fat?

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Himes and Thompson performed a content analysis of television and movie scenes where overweight people were made fun of.  They found that "fat stigmatization commentary" was often verbal and often stated in the presence of the overweight person.  They also found that male characters were 3 times more likely than female characters to engage in… Read more »

Ratings of Top Ten Video Game Rentals

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This week I came across a list of Blockbuster’s ten most rented video games.  The number one game is God of War II, rated M for mature and having content including "blood, gore, intense violence, nudity, sexual themes and strong language." I find it interesting that the list seems to be pretty evenly split between… Read more »

A Need for Speed? Video Games and Risky Driving

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People who play driving-based video games are more likely to drive aggressively in real life, according to research in the March issue of Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied.  The survey component of the study showed that people who frequently played popular racing games like Burnout and Midnight Racer were more likely to have a record… Read more »

Catching Up on Research

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The past week there were 5 new studies which I missed blogging about due to a week away.  Here is the research on media and children’s health that has come out since March 1: Ayala, G. X., et al. Association between family variables and Mexican American children’s dietary behaviors. J Nutr Educ Behav. "Children of… Read more »

CMCH Seeks Post-Doctorate Fellows

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CMCH is conducting a search for post-doctorate fellows in the social and behavioral sciences, or related fields.  The fellowship allows independent research on the effects of media on the social health and development, physical health and development, or brain development of children.  Particular substantive priorities include violence, obesity, language acquisition and development, and sexual risk… Read more »

Insight into Children’s Lives through Videotape

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Next week, the TLC network will premiere "My Life As A Child" — a TV show where 20 children were chosen to videotape their lives over a period of 4 months.  The topics these kids cover are anything but childish.  The preview of the show touches on racism, social class issues, sexism and disabilities, all… Read more »