To Regulate or to Self-Police?

Posted under Research Blog.

Yesterday, the Federal Trade Commission published a new report on food marketing to children and adolescents. According to the FTC website, "the report calls for all food companies ‘to adopt and adhere to meaningful, nutrition-based standards for marketing their products to children under 12.’ " Meanwhile, the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative, a coalition… Read more »

Switching It Up: Format Change for CMCH Blog

Posted under Research Blog.

We are changing up the format of the CMCH blog a little bit.  Back when we started the blog in 2006, the idea was for it to be a way to update researchers about new media studies that had been released.  From looking at use statistics, we soon found that our readers were just as… Read more »

Strict Regulations on Video Game Labels: A Real Need?

Posted under Research Blog.

A recent bill to label violent video games content was signed on Tuesday, June 22 by New York Governor David Paterson. This bill includes three new measures: It establishes an advisory council to study  “the connection between interactive media and real-life violence in minors exposed to such media” It requires new video game consoles to… Read more »

The (Heavy) World According to “Wall-E”

Posted under Research Blog.

Wall-E has made a big splash among movie-goers this summer, but this futuristic robot love story is not just sweet and enjoyable. It’s also full of social commentary about an issue that’s very much in the public eye: the relationship between food advertising, television viewing, and overweight. The Times Union on Monday noted the link… Read more »

Does Background TV Have an Effect on Play?

Posted under Research Blog.

According to a recent study in Child Development by Dr. Marie Evans Schmidt, Staff Scientist at CMCH, having the television on in the background while very young children play disrupts their attention and their ability to concentrate.  This may harm their development. The team observed 50 children, raging from 12 to 36-months of age, while… Read more »

Wii Game Controversy Brewing

Posted under Research Blog.

Beer Pong may be known as a college party drinking game, but it has recently taken on a second life–as a video game. The Nintendo Wii, which many have used as a health-positive way to combine video games and exercise, is the platform for JV Games, Inc.’s Frat Party Games. The first game in the… Read more »

Virtual Safety?

Posted under Research Blog.

Kid-centered online communities may seem safer than many other potential hang outs, whether electronic or not–after all, the sites are often heavily monitored to ensure that less than well-intentioned adults can’t access them. According to an article in yesterday’s Los Angeles Times, however, even such monitoring doesn’t protect the kids from another threat: each other…. Read more »

Can a Doctor Visit Help Prevent Violence?

Posted under Research Blog.

A stray bullet from a teenager’s gun, which hit a 7-year-old Boston-area boy yesterday afternoon, is a painful reminder of the violence that has become a daily concern in communities around the country. The problem is particularly salient when it involves young people, which it often does: Homicide is the second-leading cause of death among… Read more »