Mixed Reactions to FCC Report

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On April 25th, the FCC issued a report about the impact of violent media on children.  The report cites years of research showing that exposure to violent media is associated with an increase in aggressive behavior, at least in the short-term.  The report also cites research by CMCH’s Dr. David Bickham and Dr. Michael Rich… Read more »

The School Dance

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Today a number of readers pointed me to an article in the New York Times about Physical Education classes across the US that are using Dance Dance Revolution to get kids to exercise.  According to the article, "at least several hundred schools in at least 10 states are now using Dance Dance Revolution, or D.D.R.,… Read more »

This Week in Research: Food, Sleep and Overweight

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There are four new media-related studies: Bellissimo, N. et al.  Effect of television viewing at mealtime on food intake after a glucose preload.  Pediatric Research.  Finding:  "[Watching TV] while eating a meal contributes to increased energy intake by delaying normal mealtime satiation and reducing satiety signals from previously consumed foods." Li, S. et al.  The… Read more »

Does Measurement Matter?

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In the May issue of Obesity Reviews, Bryant et al have written a systematic review of studies related to overweight in children which included a measurement of television viewing.  The authors found that most of these studies used a self-report survey to measure the hours of television watched.  Few studies used a method of direct… Read more »

An Entertainment Industry Revolution

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Last Thursday, CMCH Director Dr. Michael Rich gave Grand Rounds at Children’s Hospital of Alabama.  In an article about his lecture, Dr. Rich spoke about considering media use and exposure as matters of public health rather than a debate about morals and values.  His hope is that the entertainment industry will be revolutionized as research… Read more »

Good News and Bad News in the FTC Report

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In September of 2001, the FTC released a report titled Marketing Violent Entertainment to Children.  This report focused on self-regulation of advertising and ratings in the music, video game, and movie industries.  Last week, the FTC issued a follow-up report that tracks progress in each industry. Here is a run-down of the good and bad… Read more »

Helping Children Understand Violent News

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Buijzen et al surveyed over 450 elementary school children to learn how their emotional reactions to violent news were mediated by their parents.  Results showed that younger children were less likely to be worried, scared and angry when parents actively helped them understand what they were seeing on the news.  Other new media effects research:… Read more »

Media for the Diaper Demographic

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The entertainment industry is targeting very young children as an audience.  DVDs and videos for babies make over $100 million in sales each year.  BabyFirst TV and rival BabyTV, two channels dedicated entirely to programming for babies and toddlers, are moving into new cable markets over the next 6 months.  While the channels are pitched… Read more »

The Buzz on Video Game Research

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In the past two weeks, there has been a considerable amount of popular press attention to some new studies on video games: Three studies about video games were just released in a book by Anderson, Gentile and Buckley.  The first study found that cartoonish violence had the same size effect on children as graphic violence… Read more »