CMCH Director, Dr. Michael Rich, is now answering questions about media and kids on Parents.com, the website of Parents magazine.
There have been a number of interesting questions such as:
- I never thought I would even consider a gaming system for the family, but after seeing (and playing) the Nintendo Wii I am really thinking of purchasing one. My oldest is 3 and I have a baby I am nursing so we are spending more time sitting around. What is your opinion of this idea?
- You have mentioned that violence in media desensitizes children to that aspect of life. Has there been any research on how to reverse whatever effects the media might have?
- I have an almost 3 month old and though I never specifically put my baby in front of the television, I do watch television with him in the room. What kind of residual effect might this have? Wakeful nights without television would be even longer than they already are. What age/developmental stage do infants begin to understand what they are seeing?
To see Dr. Rich’s answers or ask your own questions, visit the message board.