Dr. Rich Answers Parents’ Questions

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CMCH Director, Dr. Michael Rich, is now answering questions about media and kids on Parents.com, the website of Parents magazine. There have been a number of interesting questions such as: I never thought I would even consider a gaming system for the family, but after seeing (and playing) the Nintendo Wii I am really thinking… Read more »

On Demand: Appropriate Control, or Encouraging Impatience?

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How does having TV on-demand affect children? In The Boston Globe this week, CMCH Director Dr. Michael Rich attempted to answer this question. He says that although we don’t really know how the ability to see what they want when they want affects kids, we do know that, if overused, on-demand media can be as… Read more »

Piaget, Kids, and Technology

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Psychologist Jean Piaget may have passed away before the advent of cell phones and the Internet, but his theories can provide guidance on when 21st century kids should get a hold of technological gadgets.  A New York Times article describes how parents can use Piaget’s developmental stages to guide them on technology appropriate for their… Read more »

TV Use Down; Computer Use Up

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The 2007 Youth Risk Behavior Survey is now available.  Here are the results of the media-related questions: 35% of students watched television 3 or more hours per day on an average school day (see table).  This is down from 43% in 1999. 25% of students used a computer for something that was not school work… Read more »

Sleep Quality Declines: Is Media a Culprit?

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If you’re reading this post in the morning, you may be yawning as you try to down some coffee and wake yourself up from the precious few hours of sleep you got last night.  So, you won’t be surprised to learn that sleep quality and quantity is declining for adults; but did you know it… Read more »

The Problems and Promises of Video Games

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In April, Dr. David Bickham, Staff Scientist at CMCH, spoke at Penn State’s Institute for Information Policy conference titled Playing to Win: The Business and Social Frontier of Videogames.  The goal of the meeting was to bring together experts whose work centers on the economic, social and cultural aspects of videogames.  A video of Dr…. Read more »