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“Decades of research have established that television and other screen media movies, the Internet, and video games constitute a powerful environmental influence on childrens health and development, according to the Center on Media and Child Health at Childrens Hospital Boston.
Dr. Michael Rich
, Director of CMCH and Harvard Medical School alumnus 91, understands the powerful clutch media can have on the mind, especially the mind of a child. So well has research documented the connection between watching violence on television and aggressive behavior, he says, that the correlation is stronger than those linking calcium with bone density and passive smoke with lung cancer.
Rich says that parents and physicians need to be educated about the science. To this end, Rich has developed a website that offers a searchable database
of all the multidisciplinary research on the health effects of using media. So far, his team has collected nearly 8,000 studies, already one-eighth of which browsers can search online.