January Newsletters Available

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The monthly CMCH e-newsletters are now available for January.  To subscribe, see www.cmch.tv/newsletter.asp Parents’ Issue: MySpace and Friendster safety tips; a mother who uses ideas from "Dora the Explorer" to make errands easier. Teachers’ Issue: Media literacy and nutrition; McDonald’s report card promotion. Researchers’ Issue: CMCH food marketing research; call for proposals on food marketing.

2 Video Game Helpers for Parents

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With video games reaching an all-time record of $17.9 billion in sales for 2007, parents may need assistance in helping their kids use their games in safe and healthy ways.  Here are two new resources we just learned about: Xbox offers family settings where parents can set timers for their kids, control which games they… Read more »

Wii Helping Rehab Patients and Seniors

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The Nintendo Wii, which allows movement in real-life time and space to control movement on a video screen, is offering a chance for rehab patients and seniors to take part in their favorite activities.  This video shows a cerebral palsy patient, stroke victim, and disabled veteran all using Wii to practice their balance and hand-eye… Read more »

Tempering Real-Life Violence with Media Violence?

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A recent NY Times article explored a study which concluded that because violent movies attract violent people and keep them contained in movie theaters, there are 1,000 less violent crimes every week. On the one hand, this seems like a time displacement argument with a very narrow focus — akin to saying that there are less… Read more »

Handling Celeb Gossip with Kids

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The following was written by Guest Blogger Dr. Gwenn, a pediatrician, health journalist, mother, and author of the blog Dr. Gwenn Is In. Teen celebrity news is always adding that extra twist to our lives as parents, forcing us to answer our kids’ tough questions.  And the latest gossip about Jamie Lynn Spears’ pregnancy is… Read more »