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Jordan et al interviewed 180 parents and found that while most indicate a desire for their children to watch less TV, there are significant barriers to overcome:

  • Parents use TV as a safe and affordable distraction for the kids when they need a break
  • Parents watch a lot of television themselves
  • Families have made television a significant part of their day-to-day routine
  • Parents believe that children should be able to choose how to use their weekend down time

Other new studies this month:

Eastin, M. S., & Griffiths, R. P. (2006). Beyond the shooter game: Examining presence and hostile outcomes among male game players. Communication Research, 33(6), 448-466.

Fleming, M. J., Greentree, S., Cocotti-Muller, D., Elias, K. A., & Morrison, S. (2006). Safety in cyberspace: Adolescents’ safety and exposure online. Youth & Society, 38(2), 135-154.

Harrison, K., Taylor, L. D., & Marske, A. L. (2006). Women’s and men’s eating behavior following exposure to ideal-body images and text. Communication Research, 33(6), 507-529.

Hesketh, K., Crawford, D., & Salmon, J. (2006). Children’s television viewing and objectively measured physical activity: Associations with family circumstance. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 3(1), 36.

Thakkar, R. R., Garrison, M. M., & Christakis, D. A. (2006). A systematic review for the effects of television viewing by infants and preschoolers. Pediatrics, 118(5), 2025-2031.

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