A Loss in the Field of Children and Media

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This post was written by Dina L.G. Borzekowski, Ed.D. Associate Professor in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Gerald Lesser was a wonderful, kind soul, who touched the lives of children (and families) all over the world. He passed away on Sept 23, 2010. So many… Read more »

Research Wrap-Up: Recently Published Studies-September 28

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New published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics: Hume, C., van der Horst, K., Brug, J., Salmon, J., & Oenema, A. (2010).Understanding the correlates of adolescents' TV viewing: A social ecological approach.  Int J Pediatr Obes. 5(2),161-168. This study found an association between overweight adolescents, with high computer use… Read more »

Research Wrap-Up: Recently Published Studies-August 17

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New published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics: Bleakley, A., Hennessy, M. & Fishbein, M. (2010). "A model of adolescents' seeking of sexual content in their media choices." J Sex Res, Available online July 28. The researchers found that  half of adolescents in the study sample reported actively seeking… Read more »

Research Wrap-Up: Recently Published Studies-August 3

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New published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics: Henriksen, L.; Schleicher, N.C.;  Feighery,  E.C. & Fortmann, S.P. (2010). A longitudinal study of exposure to retail cigarette advertising and smoking initiation. Pediatrics, 126(2), 232-238. The authors found that exposure to retail cigarette advertising is a risk factor for smoking initiation…. Read more »

Research Wrap-Up: Recently Published Studies- July 28

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New published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics: Barnett, T.A., et al. (2010). Teens and screens: The influence of screen time on adiposity in adolescents. Am J Epidemiol.172(3), 255-262. This study found no evidence that screen time has an effect on percent body fat in girls overall, although physical… Read more »

Research Wrap-Up: Recently Published Studies-July 6

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New published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics: Biddiss, E. & Irwin, J. (2010). Active video games to promote physical activity in children and youth: A systematic review. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 164(7), 664-672. This study found that active video games (AVGs) enable light to moderate physical activity. Limited… Read more »

Research Wrap-Up: Recently Published Studies-June 29

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New published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics: Carson, V.; Spence, J.C.; Cutumisu, N. &  Cargill, L. (2010). Association between neighborhood socioeconomic status and screen time among pre-school children: A cross-sectional study. BMC Public Health. 10(1), 367. Available online June 24. FREE ARTICLE The authors found that girls living… Read more »

Research Wrap-Up: Recently Published Studies-June 17

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New published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics: Bersamin, M. M.; Bourdeau, B.; Fisher, D.A.; &  Grube, J.W. (2010). Television use, sexual behavior, and relationship status at last oral  sex and vaginal intercourse. Sexuality & Culture: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly,14(2), 157-168.  The study results indicate that sexually inexperienced youth watched… Read more »

The Representation of Twins In the Media

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Kids’ perceptions of themselves and people around them are influenced by media portrayals of gender, race, ethnicity, disability, class, sexuality, and other identities. What do kids learn about twins from the media? How can parents use media as a tool to open up discussion?

Research Wrap-Up: Recently Published Studies-June 1

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New published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics: Allahverdipour, H., Bazargan, M., Farhadinasab, A.,& Moeini, B. (2010). Correlates of video games playing among adolescents in an Islamic country. BMC Public Health, 10(1), 286. This study demonstrates a relationship between video game playing and mental health outcomes, with "moderate" gamers… Read more »