Should I worry about my teens texting, or is it similar to the time I spent talking to my friends on the phone when I was their age?

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Q: I’ve noticed that many parents worry a lot about their children texting. But when we were kids, we would spend hours on the phone, sometimes not even talking much. When my teens are texting with friends at home, I liken it to those phone calls of yesteryear. I don’t allow texting during family meals… Read more »

Are there studies demonstrating that media education benefits children/teens?

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Q: Our school is considering adding media education to the curriculum, but some board members want “evidence” of its benefit. Can you recommend any studies that clearly demonstrate that media education helps children/teens? – Reaching for Research, USA A: Dear Reaching, You are right to want to have media education (often called media literacy education)… Read more »

The Mediatrician Speaks – Make a “Medialution” for 2015

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Michael Rich, MD, MPH of Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School and The Harvard School of Public Health is “The Mediatrician”. In this episode, the Mediatrician discusses the importance of using media mindfully and encourages everyone to make a healthy media resolution, or “medialution” for 2015. You can share your medialution via social media by using #medialution…. Read more »

Media Moment: Parenting with Media Guilt-Free

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Dear Reader, Welcome to another Media Moment! In this post, David Bickham, a Research Scientist at CMCH, reflects on how his perspective on media effects changed once he became a parent, and evolved even further when his young son was briefly hospitalized. These stories are meant to help create a village square of commiserating and co-celebrating… Read more »

The Mediatrician Speaks: The 2014 Gift Guide from CMCH

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Michael Rich, MD, MPH of Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School and The Harvard School of Public Health is “The Mediatrician”. In this episode, the Mediatrician discusses gift giving during the holidays and introduces the Center on Media and Child Health’s free Gift Guide for 2014! For more information and to download or view the… Read more »

The Mediatrician Speaks – Co-Viewing and Giving Thanks

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Michael Rich, MD, MPH of Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School and The Harvard School of Public Health is “The Mediatrician”. In this episode, the Mediatrician discusses the holiday season and the benefits that can come from co-viewing media with children. For more information and to submit your questions please visit Ask the Mediatrician.