October e-Newsletters

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Don’t forget to check out the October editions of the CMCH newsletter: Parents’ Newsletter – A new study shows that heavy TV viewing in early childhood can affect social skills Teachers’ Newsletter – How does media affect students’ attention to homework? Researchers’ Newsletter – What’s the newest research on media and obesity? See back issues… Read more »

Rap Videos and Risk Behaviors

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A new study by Peterson and Wingood et al found that "African-American female adolescents who spend more time watching rap music videos are more likely to participate in high-risk behaviors such as binge drinking and sex with multiple partners, to test positive for marijuana, and to have a negative body image." See abstract See press… Read more »

Dove Real Beauty Followup

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In February, we posted some fun resources for teaching students about media and body image.  One of those resources was a Dove ad showing the behind-the-scenes footage of how a regular woman is transformed into a model.  The Dove Campaign for Real Beauty aims to show the beauty of everyday women by highlighting the unrealistic… Read more »

Nielsen Keeps Up With Change

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At its essence, the purpose of Nielsen Media Research is to keep track of who watches what.  By tracking the TV program choices of 12,000 homes, they are able to learn which shows are most popular, thus influencing advertising rates and program continuation.  They recently announced that they will triple the size of their sample… Read more »

Social Skill Deficit from Heavy Viewing in Early Childhood

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Mistry, Minkovitz, Strobino, and Borzekowski examined the effects of heavy TV viewing in early childhood for a study in the October issue of Pediatrics.   They found that children who watched more than 2 hours of television per day between the ages of 2 ½ and 5 ½ had problems with social skills and with… Read more »