Research Toolbox: Studies on Media and HIV/AIDS

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According to United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (Unaids) there are now 33.4 million people living with HIV, including 2.1 million children. To celebrate World AIDS Day 2009, we selected a list of studies which evaluate the impact of sexual, HIV and AIDS media messages on children and teens’ health: Lemal, M. & Van den Bulck,… Read more »

Research Toolbox: New Journal on Emerging Media and Learning

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Check out this new journal published by the MIT Press: The International Journal of Learning and Media focus on emerging forms of media and learning and provides an international forum for scholars, researchers and practitioners to explore the relationship between emerging forms of media and learning, in a variety of forms and settings. The first… Read more »

Research Wrap-Up: Recently Published Studies-September 18, 2009

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Here is a list of recently published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics: Costello,  M.C., Reeder, S.,& Frain, M. (2009).The Relationship between body mass index and breakfast consumption, blood pressure, television viewing, and physical activity in African American and Asian American inner city children. Journal of the American Dietetic… Read more »

Research Wrap-Up: Recently Published Studies-September 11, 2009

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Here is a list of recently published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics: Granicacute, A., Cacuteukuscaronicacute, M., Walker, R. (2009). mLearning in a Europe-wide network of schools. Educational Media International, 46 (3),167-184. This paper presents a European Community supported project which investigated whether the use of electronic and mobile… Read more »

Behind the Scenes of Children’s TV

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When your kids watch their favorite TV shows, have you ever wondered how these programs make it on the air? Sure, there are writers, producers, cast and crew that create what you see on the screen, but did you know there is also a group of professionals tracking the shows you and your family love as they develop? These professionals are otherwise known as the folks in Standards and Practices—and, I am one such professional. Our job is assuring that the content you watch on television and online upholds the standards of our network, appropriately reflects the brand associated with our network, and abides by related federal laws, while still being entertaining and educational.

Research Toolbox: Featured Books

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Here is a list of published and upcoming titles of interest on the topics of children, media, and health. Please let us know about any new books you would like to see highlighted in the future! Ad Nauseam: A Survivor's Guide to American Consumer Culture by Carrie McLaren and Jason Torchinsky (eds) (2009)  The authors… Read more »

Using Digital Games to Improve Children’s Learning and Health

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How can we best use digital games to improve children’s learning and health?  A new report entitled Game Changer: Investing in digital play to advance children’s learning and health, by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, tackles this question with renewed vigor. Digital games have been shown to aid in learning in particular… Read more »

Will Technology in the Classroom Change How Kids Learn?

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How and whether to use technology in K-12 classrooms is a highly debated topic. Although it is far from the norm in K-12 around the country, however, some educators are exploring the possibilities of classroom use of educational video games. Virginia recently became the first state with a pilot program that uses Tabula Digita's video… Read more »

TV for Infants: Helpful, Harmful, or Neither?

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Parents are always looking to know what is best for their infants’ developing brains.  One question that often comes up is whether exposing children to TV will help them learn or prevent them from doing so. In this month’s issue of Pediatrics, CMCH researchers Dr. Marie Evans Schmidt and Dr. Michael Rich were part of… Read more »