TV Linked to Poor Diabetes Control

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A Norwegian study in the June issue of Diabetes Care found that children with Type I Diabetes who spent more time watching TV had a higher level of blood sugar than those who watched less. While Type 2 Diabetes is associated with obesity, the Type I Diabetes studied here is caused by an inability of… Read more »

Dr. Google Gives a Bad Rx

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A recent New York Times article reports an emerging trend of both adults and children using the Internet to "diagnose" their medical problems. According to a Consumer Reports study, 41% of primary-care physicians reported patients coming to office visits with incorrect health information found on the Internet. Dr. J. James Rohack, an American Medical Association… Read more »

First Edition of the CMCH Newsletter

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The first edition of the CMCH e-newsletter is complete!  This monthly email will offer resources to parents, teachers and researchers about parenting and educating children in the Media Age.  See the May 2007 issue Sign up to receive future issues (1 per month)

4th Grade Peace Wall Includes Non-Violent Media

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Over April vacation, teacher Kathy Jenkins watched the news about the Virginia Tech shooting and knew that her 4th grade students would be talking about it when they returned to school.  She came up with the concept of a "Wall of Peace" where students could creatively express their reactions to the shooting and develop plans… Read more »

Shrek Hypocrisy Featured on The Colbert Report

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Lovable cartoon movie-star Shrek is currently a spokesperson (spokes-ogre?) for the Department of Health and Human Services’ "Go Out and Play" campaign aimed at getting kids active to prevent obesity.  Meanwhile, the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood has conducted a review of other Shrek promotions and found that Shrek is also promoting over 70 different… Read more »

Katie Couric’s Thoughts on TV Studies

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Last week, two studies showed that many children under 6 years old have TVs in their bedrooms and spend a considerable amount of time watching television.  In her notebook feature, Katie Couric commented on the study and mentioned that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no TV for children under age 2.  Watch the video… Read more »

Frequent TV Watching May Lead to Teen Attention Problems

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In a study of over 650 families in New York, Johnson et al. found that teens who watch more than 3 hours of TV a day may be at risk for developing attention problems, learning difficulties, and long-term educational outcomes.  Other recent research related to media: D’Silva, MU & Palmgreen, P. (2007) Individual differences and… Read more »

Tots and Their TVs

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iatTwo studies out today show an astounding amount of television ownership and usage by very young children.  Dr. Michael Rich, Director of CMCH, was interviewed about these studies for an article on Newsweek.com. Vandewater, EA et al. (2007) Digital childhood: Electronic media and technology use among infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Pediatrics, 119(5), e1006-1015. 18% of… Read more »

Guest Blogger: Media Literacy in K-12 Schools

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The following was written by Guest Blogger Frank Baker, a Media Education Consultant: A few weeks back, while speaking to an elementary school about the influence of toy advertising, a fifth-grader raised her hand and asked: "Mr. Baker, what does deceptive mean?"  I had used that adjective to describe specific techniques used by the people… Read more »