School’s Out; Media’s In

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When kids are home for the Summer, they may have more free time for media.  In the Parents’ edition of this month’s CMCH Newsletter, see suggestions about using media in safe and healthy ways, as well as ideas for non-media activities.    In the Researchers’ edition of the newsletter, learn about scientific developments in movie… Read more »

Might As Well Face It, I’m Addicted to…Video Games?

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With the seemingly constant release of new video games and systems, video game sales are projected to top music sales next year.  According to a Kaiser Family Foundation survey, 60% of kids between 8 and 18 play interactive games every day, 30% of whom play for more than an hour a day.  But there are… Read more »

From Blog to Reality: Manhunt2 on Wii

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Just last week I blogged about an article which pondered what will happen when violent video games are brought to the Wii platform and players must physically replicate violent actions.  Today, the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood (CCFC) put out a press release about Manhunt2 coming out as a Wii game next month.  CMCH… Read more »

Nine New Studies on Media and Health

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It’s been a while since I posted a list of new research.  Here are some studies on media and health covering a range of topics: Brenick, A. et al. (2007). Social evaluations of stereotypic images in video games: Unfair, legitimate, or "just entertainment"? Youth Society, 38(4), 395-419. Collins, RL. et al. (2007). Early adolescent exposure… Read more »

The Following Preview Has Been Approved For Some Audiences

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You’re at the theater and before the movie starts, you see the familiar green background with the words "The following preview has been approved for all audiences by the Motion Picture Association of America", meaning that the movie studio met certain restrictions on how much violence, sexual behavior, and offensive language can be shown.  New… Read more »

What Happens When Your Body and Mind Control the Game?

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A gaming magazine called The Escapist poses the question about how people’s behavior and reactions will differ if they’re using a Wii controller instead of a regular video game controller.  The Wii, a Nintendo game system which made its debut in time for the 2006 holiday season, features a handheld remote pointing device which allows… Read more »

Positive Action for HIV: MTV’s Global Campaign

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In 2002, MTV launched Staying Alive — a global campaign geared toward increasing communication about HIV and encouraging prevention among 16-25 year olds.  The campaign was made up of public forums, web content written in 10 languages, and documentaries and public service announcements shown in 166 countries.  Two articles in this month’s AIDS Education and… Read more »

Pulling the Plug on Movie Ratings

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A new study by Webb et al in Pediatrics examined violence in 77 movies rated PG-13.  The authors found that 90% of these movies contained violence.  Dr. Michael Rich, Director of CMCH, responded to the study with an editorial in the same issue.  Dr. Rich notes that the entertainment industry rates its own products and… Read more »