The Mediatrician’s Top 10 Q&A’s of 2013!

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Dear Reader, Each week this year, you asked your most pressing questions about the effects of media on kids, and we answered. Here are the top 10 most-viewed Ask the Mediatrician answers from 2013: 1. How can I monitor my 12-year-old daughter’s use of Instagram? >Read 2. Is it ok to let my kids play with the iPad when I… Read more »

The Mediatrician’s holiday movie-watching tips

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The holidays can be a great time for families and friends to come together and watch a new or classic movie. This year, theaters are offering movie versions of popular children’s and young adult stories such as Frozen, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and The Hobbit:The Desolation of Smaug, while many TV stations and streaming… Read more »

The Mediatrician Speaks – Promoting the 2013 Gift Guide

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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”. Here he promotes the Center on Media and Child Health’s 2013 Gift Guide for healthy media use. The Gift Guide can be downloaded for free. For more information and to submit your questions please… Read more »

Is a bouncy seat with a tablet mount really so bad?

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Q: I’ve been hearing a lot about a new bouncy seat that includes a place where parents can put an iPad to occupy their baby. Is it really that different than watching TV, other than giving parents more control over content? –iPuzzled in Watertown, NY A: Dear iPuzzled, The recent attention on this toy is… Read more »

CMCH Monthly Meet for December: YOU!

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Dear Reader, This December we are wrapping up the 10th year celebration of the Center on Media and Child Health with the hope that, now that you’ve met us, we’ll get a chance to meet you! Please connect with us: Ask the Mediatrician a question Tweet to us on Twitter Comment on our Facebook page Submit… Read more »

We gather together.

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Last Thanksgiving, we posted this piece about relfection and taking time to be together. We are reposting it in honor of this Thanksgiving. Enjoy! Thanksgiving is considered a time of reflection, giving thanks, family togetherness, and, of course, delicious food. But when all the toasts have been made, the plates cleared, and the leftovers tucked… Read more »

Never learning violence.

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Dear Readers, Last week, the New York Times featured an article entitled “Unlearning Gun Violence”, which discussed the work of an epidemiologist who, after a decade of fighting TB, HIV, and cholera in Africa, returned to a life-threatening epidemic in his hometown of Chicago—violence.  He uses the same techniques that worked in Africa, teaching perpetrators and… Read more »

CMCH Monthly Meet for November: Meet Kristelle Lavallee

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Dear Reader, Continuing on with 10th year celebration of the Center on Media and Child Health, we hope you enjoy November’s Monthly Meet! Enjoy your media and use them wisely, The Mediatrician® Center on Media and Child Health Monthly Meet Meet: Kristelle Lavallee How long have you been at the Center: I have been at the… Read more »

Do eReaders harm children’s eyes?

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Q: We recently bought eReaders for our sons, ages 5 and 7. I am wondering if we should treat the time they spend reading on these devices the same as the time they spend reading library books or books from their own bookshelf? Also, I know that generally the concern around screen time is with… Read more »