Research Toolbox: Text Messaging Tools

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According to Nielsen, American teenagers are sending over 3,000 text messages a month and Short Message Service (SMS) texting has developed as a language suited to the need of sending short, quick messages. Here are a few tools to help you understand this new language and its abbreviations: AIM Dictionary  This website offers a short… Read more »

Research Wrap-Up: Recently Published Studies-February 26

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Here is a list of recently published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics: Dooley, J.D., Deshpande, S., & Adair, C.E. (2010). Comparing adolescent-focused obesity prevention and reduction messages. Journal of Business Research, 63(2), 154-160. This study tests the effects of adolescent-targeted obesity prevention messages (body-image, health benefit) with positive… Read more »

Research Wrap-Up: Recently Published Studies- February 19

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Here is a list of recently published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics: Conti-Ramsden, G., Durkin, K., & Simkin Z. (2010). Language and social factors in the use of cell phone technology by adolescents with and without specific language impairment (SLI). J Speech Lang Hear Res. 53(1), 196-208. This… Read more »

Research Toolbox: Media Multitasking Research

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Media multitasking—using more than one media activity at a time—has become prevalent in children’s lives. What is the impact of media multitasking on children’s learning, development and health? To help advance understanding and research about media multitasking, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop just made available a seminar report, The Impacts of Media… Read more »

Research Wrap-Up: Recently Published Studies-January 15

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Here is a list of recently published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics: Abramson, M.J., Benke, G.P., Dimitriadis, C., Inyang, I.O., Sim, M.R., Wolfe, R.S. & Croft, R.J. (2010). Mobile telephone use is associated with changes in cognitive function in young adolescents. Bioelectromagnetics, 30(8), 678-86. This study examined the… Read more »

The Cell Phone License

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What should kids know about cell phones to be treated as competent members of cyber society? I’d like to suggest the development of a home-based, family administered and supported “cell phone license.“

Perspective on Sexting: Part III – Reactions and Responses

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This is the third installment of an examination of the phenomenon of sexting by guest blogger Dr. Richard Chalfen.   >>See part I: Teen Culture>>See part II: Photo-sharing Behavior After examining the historical precedents for sexting in the past two entries, I have come to the conclusion that as trite and reductive as it might sound,… Read more »

Perspective on Sexting: Part II – Photo Sharing Behavior

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This is the second installment of an examination of the phenomenon of sexting by guest blogger Dr. Richard Chalfen.  >>See part I: Teen Culture>>See part III: Reactions and Responses How and when did young people give pictures to one another in the past?  We know that historically young couples swapped pictures of themselves by exchanging… Read more »