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Dixon, H.G., Warne, C. D.; Scully, M.; Wakefield, M.A.; & Dobbinson, S.J.(2011). Does the portrayal of tanning in Australian women’s magazines relate to real women’s tanning beliefs and behavior? Health Education & Behavior, 38(2),132-142.

  • This study found that among women of all ages, greater exposure to tanned models via the most popular women’s magazines was associated with increased likelihood of attempting to get a tan but lower likelihood of endorsing pro-tan attitudes. Popular women’s magazines may promote and reflect real women’s tanning beliefs and behavior.

Holmes, W. (2011). Using game-based learning to support struggling readers at home. Learning, Media and Technology, 36(1),5 -19.

  • The author found that  the children enjoyed playing the games and believe that it helped improve their reading. And The parents all valued the opportunity to participate in their child’s learning and believe that the games’ approach to learning is effective.

Pearson, N., Ball, K. & Crawford, D.(2011). Mediators of longitudinal associations between television viewing and eating behaviours in adolescents. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act, 8(1), 23. FULL TEXT

  • The study authors found that adolescents who watched more than two hours of TV/day had higher intakes of energy-dense snacks and beverages, and lower intakes of fruit two years later.

Perren, S.J.;  Dooley, J.; Shaw, T.; & Cross, D.(2010). Bullying in school and cyberspace: Associations with depressive symptoms in Swiss and Australian adolescents. Child Adolesc Psychiatry Ment Health, 4, 28.

  • The study authors found that traditional victims and bully-victims reported more depressive symptoms than bullies and non-involved children. Importantly, victims of cyber-bullying reported significantly higher levels of depressive symptoms.

O’Keeffe, G. S. &  Clarke-Pearson, K. (2011). Clinical report–The impact of social media on children, adolescents, and families. Pediatrics, Published online March 28. FULL TEXT

  • The authors highlight that it is important that parents become aware of the nature of social media sites, given that not all of them are healthy environments for childrenand adolescents. Pediatricians are in a unique positionto help families understand these sites and to encourage healthy use and urge parents to monitor for potential problems with cyberbullying, “Facebook depression,”sexting, and exposure to inappropriate content.

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