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 »

Perspective on Sexting: Part I – Teen Culture

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A few weeks ago, we blogged about "sexting", which is the new term for when people send sexual text and picture messages to others.  This has been sweeping the news, especially since some teens have been hit with child pornography charges. CMCH Senior Scientist Dr. Richard Chalfen has been investigating the use of cell phones… Read more »

Suicide & Social Networking Sites – Prevention vs Encouragement

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Within the past week, there have been two major headlines about social networking  technologies preventing suicides: A UK teen who was describing his suicide plans on Facebook was saved by a Maryland teen who alerted police to the situation.  See story Actress Demi Moore saw a woman post a suicide threat on Twitter and called… Read more »

Using Media to Show Instead of Tell

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Last week, we blogged about an op-ed on photo retouching and body image by filmmaker Jesse Epstein.  Here, Jesse joins us as a guest blogger to expand upon the educational efforts she is working on.  I spent my formative childhood years in Mozambique Africa, where full bodies and “child bearing hips” were celebrated. When I… Read more »

Achieving Perfect Beauty with an Airbrush

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Filmmaker Jesse Epstein recently published a video Op-Ed on the New York Times website.  This behind-the-scenes talk with real photo retouchers explores how pervasive this practice is within the beauty industry, and how it affects people’s perceptions of their own beauty. In the video she mentions a 2007 study which found that just 3 minutes… 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 »

Sexting = Sexual Texting

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A new trend of sending sexual texts and pictures via cell phone has lead to a number of teens being charged with child pornography.  In addition to the legal questions here, there are several sexual and emotional health concerns. A survey from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy shows that 20% of… Read more »

A Different Kind of “Great Depression”?

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The following was written by guest blogger Dr. Brian Primack, University of Pittsburgh researcher and author of the new study Association Between Media Use in Adolescence and Depression in Young Adulthood: A Longitudinal Study. One of the important things about this study, I think, is just that it gets depression on our proverbial radar screen. … Read more »

Don’t Warn Parents about Harmful Effects of Video Game Violence?

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In early January, Rep. Joe Baca (D-CA) reintroduced a bill in the California Congress that would require all video games rated T (Teen) or higher to include a label that reads “WARNING: Excessive exposure to violent video games and other violent media has been linked to aggressive behavior.” The Entertainment Consumers Association has responded to… Read more »

Video Games Poised for Takeover

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Mike Griffith, president and CEO of Activision (makers of wildly popular video game Guitar Hero), proclaimed in a recent press conference that video games are "poised to eclipse all other forms of entertainment in the decade ahead." While sales of music, movie tickets, and DVDs have all dropped in the past 4 years, video game… Read more »