What research has been done on positive children's media use? The good news is that media researchers around the world are exploring the positive ways in which the media are impacting children's learning, identity, physical and emotional well-being.

We have highlighed a few positive media studies in our blog that have been published in 2010. Click here to see a comprehensive list of studies.

Borzekowski, D. L.G & Henry, H.K. (2010). The impact of Jalan Sesama on the educational and healthy development of Indonesian preschool children: An experimental study. International Journal of Behavioral Development,  Avaliable Online December 5.

  • The study results revealed that chidlren with the greatest exposure to Jalan Sesama perfomed better at early cognitive skills, literacy, mathematics, health and safety knowledge, social development, environmental awareness, and cultural awareness.

Durant, N.H. (2010). Not just fun and games: Harnessing technology to address childhood obesity
Childhood Obesity, 6(5), 283-284.

  • From PDAs, computer kiosks to cell phones, this study highlights how emerging technologies provide a novel approach to fight childhood obesity.

Eliaa, I.; van den Heuvel-Panhuizenb, M.; &  Georgioua, A. (2010). The role of pictures in picture books on children's cognitive engagement with mathematics. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, 18(3),125-147.

  • This study found that  the pictures in books as a whole has the potential for cognitively engaging young children and supporting children's learning of mathematics.

Kupersmidt, J.B.; Scull, T.M. & Austin,  E.W. (2010). Media literacy education for elementary school substance use prevention: Study of media detective. Pediatrics, Published online August 23.

  • The authors found that after using the Media Detective program, boys reported significantly less interest in alcohol-branded merchandise than boys that did not participated in the program. Also, students who were in the Media Detective group and had used alcohol or tobacco in the past reported significantly less intention to use and more self-efficacy to refuse substances.

Lin, W.-Y., et al. (2010). Becoming citizens: Youths’ civic uses of new media in five digital cities in East Asia. Journal of Adolescent Research, 25(6),839-857.

  • The study results suggest that the Internet may facilitate citizenship among Asian youths although entertainment-related activities such as downloading music or playing games remain the most popular activities online.


Use the free CMCH Database of Research to find other studies on children, media, and health.


2 Responses to “2010 Positive Media Use Research Wrap-Up”

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