Two studies in this month’s Pediatrics have made national headlines today:
- Reuters reported that getting kids to shut off the TV doesn’t necessarily mean they will be more physically active. CMCH researcher Dr. Alison Field was part of the research team on a four-year study of 10,000 early adolescents. Although over time, the teens watched less television, that time was not spent engaging in physical activity. This tells us that simply getting kids to shut off the TV doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll spend less time being sedentary.
- The Associated Press reported that kids and teens are increasingly finding unwanted pornography while they use the Internet. A study of 1500 teens showed that 42% had been exposed to Internet pornography, and 66% of those teens reported "only unwanted exposure."