Don’t Judge a Videogame By its Cover…

by Kimberly Thompson | Children's Hospital Boston | August 15, 2004

So says a study by researchers at Children’s Hospital Boston and the Harvard School of Public Health. The study, which is the only independent analysis based on actual video game play, showed that many Teen-rated games have a surprising amount of violence.

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Video Game Ratings Not Always Accurate

by American Academy of Pediatrics | AAP News | April 1, 2004

In recent CMCH research on video game ratings, “authors concluded that adolescents and their parents who rely on content descriptors when choosing games may be surprised at what the games actually include.”

“They suggested that pediatricians ask patients about their experience with video games and educate them about content. In addition, parents should observe their children playing games so they can discuss game content.”

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Teen-Rated Video Games Loaded With Violence

by Department of Public Affairs | Children's Hospital Boston | March 11, 2004

A CMCH study on video game ratings in published in Medscape General Medicine “demonstrates quantitatively that T-rated video games contain significant amounts of violence, injury, and death.”

CMCH Researchers “urge parents to judge for themselves the appropriateness of game content, both by using the ESRB rating information and by experiencing the game with their child.”

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Childhood Obesity – Advancing Prevention & Treatment

by NIHCM Foundation | National Institure for Health Care Management | November 1, 2003

“The national epidemic of obesity in the United States continues to raise significant concerns about the associated shot- and long-term health implications, particularly in children. On April 9, 2003, the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation held a forum to share information on programs, research and evidence-based efforts, and successful prevention and treatment options.”

Dr. Michael Rich, Director of CMCH,
presented his innovative research method called Video Intervention/Prevention Assessment (VIA). This technique calls for giving camcorders to participants to document their lives, then using qualitative analysis methods to review the tapes and gather data. Dr. Rich has used this technique with overweight adolescents to learn more about their experiences.

Dr. Rich comments “Ultimately, when patients teach clinicians what they experience and what they need, we hope that both will engage more fully in the therapeutic endeavor, and clinical care will become both more humane and more effective.”

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Make ‘Em Like ‘Beckham’

by Stephanie Schorow | The Edge | September 4, 2003

“A number of independent movies that focused on the lives of teenage girls won big at the box office, attracting not only girls, but their parents and probably more than
a few boys”, including Bend It Like Beckham, Whale Rider, and I Capture the Castle. Thirteen is a more somber, gritty look at teen angst.

Dr. Michael Rich
, Director of CMCH, welcomes such movies, “saying that attention to girls is ‘long overdue’. But what really pleases him is not just
the heroines but that the plots ‘are about what is heroic and special in human beings: people behaving honorably, people listening to
their better angels.'”

“‘If images of gratuitous violence can negatively affect kids, then movies with positive images can help kids learn positive behavior,’ he believes. ‘Every moment is a teachable moment – this includes the time in front of TV or movie screen or video game,’ he said.”

Although Thirteen shows explicit scenes
of self-destructive teens, the context makes it a teachable moment. ‘One could hardly say that MacBeth encourages violence, yet it’s all
about violence,’ Rich said. The makers of Thirteen ‘show all these negative behaviors but they all show how they hurt the person who takes it on.'”









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Chronically Ill Kids Reach for the Camera

by Madge Kaplan, WGBH Boston | National Public Radio | November 30, 2002

Dr. Michael Rich
, Director of CMCH, “has been asking young people to create
their own video narratives so doctors could better understand what it’s like to live
with a chronic disease. Through a project called Video Intervention/Prevention Assessment, Rich has sent 36 of his patients
home with video cameras and an order to film everything — their homes, their schools and their daily activities.”



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Call for Better Music Rating Labels

by American Academy of Pediatrics | AAP News | November 1, 2002

“Several members of the US House of Representatives joined the American Academy of Pediatrics in urging the music
industry to offer more information in the parental advisory label that appears on recordings with explicit content.”




Dr. Michael Rich
, a member of the AAP Committee on Public Education who testified for the Academy, commented “As a pediatrician who specializes in adolescent medicine, I am keenly aware of how crucial
music is to a teen’s identity, and how it helps them define important social and interpersonal behaviors.
In fact, one study showed that 24% of high school students ranked popular music as one of their top three sources
for guidance on social interaction.”


Dr. Rich continued, “The current system of parental advisory labels provides inadequate information for parents to make appropriate choices for their children.
To disclose the content of their product is not a violation of rights, but truth in advertising.”
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Media Exposure Feeding Children’s Violent Acts, AAP says

by American Academy of Pediatrics | AAP News | January 1, 2002


According to the revised Media Violence policy statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics, “playing violent video
games accounts for a 13% to 22% increase in adolescent’s violent behavior.”

Dr. Michael Rich
, a member of the AAP Committee on Public Education who helped write the policy statement, commented “There are many
demands made on pediatricians’ time. Media is just one of the things we have to
introduce to families…we should at least let parents know to pay attention to their children’s media exposure.”
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How Media Violence Touches Children

by Misia Landau | Focus | October 26, 2001

“The televised images of hijacked planes making their deadly arcs on Sept. 11 gave parents a special worry:
how would their children react to the sight of the planes plowing, over and over, into the twin towers?
Some may have breathed a sigh of relief to hear recent reports that many kids were less
upset than had been expected.” Dr. Michael Rich
is not relieved.


“I think the reason kids aren’t bothered that much by the recent images is they’re desensitized,” he said. “We don’t know how this is
going to play itself out. Will it show itself in hopelessness and depression years later?”




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