Benefits of Computers for Children Questioned

by Carl Sherman | Pediatric News | December 1, 2000

In a recent 100 page report, the Alliance for Childhood says that the educational value of computers for children is
an “untested premise.” The group has urged a comprehensive examination by the surgeon general on the “physical, emotional, and developmental
hazards computers may pose, and an immediate moratorium on their further introduction in early childhood and elementary education.”

Dr. Michael Rich
commented “It’s absolutely correct that there’s no substantive evaluation on whether computers are a good, bad, or neutral
thing in the classroom, but a moratorium is not feasible.”

He continued, “I worry about intruding on childhood with a machine that says, ‘there’s a right and wrong answer, and we’ll sit you down until we get the right answer.'”
Read the full article at Pediatric News.

Lights. Action. Asthma.

by Elizabeth Gudrais | Harvard Magazine | November 1, 2000

“Medical histories can be rather dry affairs: a doctor at a desk interviews a patient while filling out a dorm. Suppose instead the patients recorder their medical histories, using videotape shot at home, outdoors, everywhere – and could take a few weeks to do the job.”

Dr. Michael Rich, director of Video Intervention/Prevention Assessment (VIA) at CMCH has had his patients do just that.

» Go to VIA website
Read the full article at Harvard Magazine.

Toughening Video-Game Measures

by Committee on Finance | Chicago City Council | October 31, 2000

“This past summer, the city of Indianapolis became the first city in the nation to require kids to have a parent present when playing
video games at arcades that featured violent or sexually explicit content.” Chicago’s Alderman Burke is seeking a similar law for
his city, and is even considering amendments that would make it illegal to sell or rent violent games to minors.


Dr. Michael Rich
testified before the council, saying “We have a powerful teaching tool here. The question is ‘What are our children learning?'”




» See Dr. Rich’s Testimony
Read the full article at Chicago City Council.

Should Government Regulate Video Games?

by ABC News | ABC 7 Chicago News | October 31, 2000

A recent proposal by the Chicago City Council would limit the accessibility of violent video games to children.

Dr. Michael Rich
provided
testimony before the Council, saying that “all the available research on violent video games says that they desensitize and promote
violent acts among those who play particularly those who play them most — children.”



» See Dr. Rich’s Testimony and Full Story
Read the full article at ABC 7 Chicago News.

Video-Game Vote

by Gary Washburn | Chicago Tribune | October 31, 2000

Last December, Chicago’s Alderman Burke supported giving city
assistance to expand and improve Midway Games, a maker of violent video games such as Mortal Kombat. Now Burke is supporting government
action to crack down on businesses that sell violent games to children.


Burke defended his actions, saying he has no problem with adults playing these games, and it was a good business decision to keep Midway in the city.

Dr. Michael Rich
testified before Chicago City Council on the desensitization effect of video games, saying that they instill a “get them before they get me mentality” that can translate into poor
conflict resolution skills on the playground.




» See Dr. Rich’s Testimony
Read the full article at Chicago Tribune.

Watching What We Watch

by Alexandra Benis | Harvard Public Health Review | September 1, 2000

It is the shift in how violence is portrayed rather than the prevalence of violence itself that most concerns Michael Rich,” Director of CMCH. ““’I think that violence is and will be a staple of drama forever,’” says Rich, who pursued his medical degree after a 12-year career as a film director in both the U.S. and Japan.
Read the full article at Harvard Public Health Review.

Web-Surfing Parents Need Pediatric Supervision

by Carl Sherman | Pediatrics News | September 1, 2000

The problem with the Internet is that the quality of information varies greatly, so as a source of medical information, it’s not always reliable.


Dr. Michael Rich
says that many people believe “if it’s on the net, it must be the truth. But you have to think of the Internet as a library that includes Danielle Steele along
with Shakespeare.”
Read the full article at Pediatrics News.

Media Violence Can Lead to Aggression

by AAP | American Academy of Pediatrics News | August 1, 2000

On July 26, 2000 the American Medical Association, American Psychological Association, and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry released a joint statement declaring that entertainment violence can lead to increases in aggressive attitudes, values and behavior in some children.

Director of CMCH Michael Rich represented the American Academy of Pediatrics at the entertainment violence summit in Washington DC. He commented “Children learn the ways of the world by observing and imitating — they cannot help but be influenced by media. The most insidious and potent effect of media violence is to desensitize viewers to ‘real life’ violence and to the hard caused its victims.”

Read the full article at American Academy of Pediatrics News.

Listen Up! It Might Be Your Customers Talking

by Renkha Balu | Fast Company | May 1, 2000

This article profiles successful managers who listen to their customers. Dr. Michael Rich, Director of Video Intervention/Prevention Assessment (VIA) at CMCH, listens to his patients by giving them video cameras and telling them to “show me your life with chronic illness.”

“’Medicine is not a religion; it’s a service industry,’ argues Rich. ‘Yet as doctors, we often block ourselves from getting information that we most need to serve our patients. We need to listen to patients within their framework. They’re the experts, they live with their illness every day. We can learn from them.

Read the full article at Fast Company.

Does Civilization Cause Asthma?

by Ellen Ruppel Shell | Atlantic Monthly | May 1, 2000

The toll of asthma continues to increase, despite important advances in diagnosis and treatment.”

Dr. Michael Rich, Director of Video Intervention/Prevention Assessment (VIA), at CMCH has “devoted himself to helping his patients chronicle their experience with asthma by giving them camcorders and asking them to make video diaries.

From analyzing the videotapes, Rich has seen reasons for noncompliance with disease management: “Asthma is not the number-one issue in the lives of a lot of my patients. They’’ve got other concerns.”

Read the full article at Atlantic Monthly.