October is National Bullying Prevention Month

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If you know a young person who has experienced bullying or cyberbullying, National Bullying Prevention Month is a great opportunity to share resources. PACER (Parents Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights), a non-profit parent training and information center, created National Bullying Prevention Month as a way to promote awareness of the issue. PACER provides a wealth… Read more »

How can I stop my kids from being ‘catfished’?

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Q:The Manti Te’o “catfish” story makes me wonder how I can best prepare my teens for future online friendships. My teens say that kids meet through friends-of-friends online and off, but online they just lie about personal information. I’ve always thought that practicing strong communication skills, honesty, integrity, and trust would help my kids grow… Read more »

Should I let my 14-year-old use the ‘Snapchat’ application?

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Q: My 14-year-old daughter has been begging to get ‘Snapchat’ on her iPod Touch. I searched for information on it and found this and I wasn’t initially impressed… http://www.hercampus.com/school/pitt/snap-chat-sexting-or-friendly-fun. I am tech savvy and know screen shots can easily be saved, but also, if she loses her device and someone else sends something, she could be… Read more »

Recently Added Studies on Children, Media, and Health

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Check out these studies recently added to the CMCH Database. Draper, Nora R.A. (2011). Is your teen at risk? Discourses of adolescent sexting in United States television news. Journal of Children and Media. This analysis looked at how television news stories report on sexting (sending sexually explicit or pornographic text messages) and found that the… Read more »

Connections in News, Media, and Research: National Bullying Prevention Month Edition

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In honor of National Bullying Prevention Month (October), we are highlighting some recent news and studies available in our database that are related to children/adolescents, the media, and bullying/cyberbullying. National Bullying Prevention Month is an initiative of the PACER Center, which is dedicated to supporting and empowering families and children with disabilities. A mid-September article… Read more »

Media in the Media – News We’re Following

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Here at CMCH, we're always finding news, websites, games, and other great stuff that promotes positive use of media, shows young people engaging with technology in creative ways, informs us of new studies underway, and highlights other items of interest to practitioners, researchers, parents, teachers, and advocates. Here are some of the things we're excited… Read more »