Educating the Public through “Grey’s Anatomy”?

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"Grey’s Anatomy" might not appear to be educational TV, but according to a study entitled "Television as a Health Educator" released this week by the Kaiser Family Foundation, it and other entertainment media can provide important health information to viewers. Writers of the popular show collaborated with researchers on a particular episode to include accurate… Read more »

Does Background TV Have an Effect on Play?

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According to a recent study in Child Development by Dr. Marie Evans Schmidt, Staff Scientist at CMCH, having the television on in the background while very young children play disrupts their attention and their ability to concentrate.  This may harm their development. The team observed 50 children, raging from 12 to 36-months of age, while… Read more »

Baby Einstein No Longer Advertised as Educational

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Last Summer we reported on a study of baby videos that showed children who regularly watched these programs scored about 10% lower on language skills than those who did not watch them.  After this study was released, the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) asked Disney, the parent company of Baby Einstein, to "release research… Read more »

3 Media Articles in November Pediatrics

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There are 3 media-related articles in the new issue of Pediatrics: Zimmerman and Christakis:  Associations Between Content Types of Early Media Exposure and Subsequent Attentional Problems See news article Conclusion:  "Preschool boys exposed to violent television — even cartoons — are more likely to become aggressive later in life." Christakis and Zimmerman:  Violent Television Viewing… Read more »

Social Skill Deficit from Heavy Viewing in Early Childhood

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Mistry, Minkovitz, Strobino, and Borzekowski examined the effects of heavy TV viewing in early childhood for a study in the October issue of Pediatrics.   They found that children who watched more than 2 hours of television per day between the ages of 2 ½ and 5 ½ had problems with social skills and with… Read more »

Back to School Newsletters

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The September editions of the newsletter are up!  If you haven’t already, you can see them here: Parents’ Newsletter – The kids are going back to school – how you can use this transition time as an opportunity to create a healthy media environment? Teachers’ Newsletter – You’re back in the classroom — how can… Read more »

Brainy Babies Don’t Pan Out

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For years now, parents have been buying videos from companies like Baby Einstein and Brainy Baby, aiming to increase their children’s intelligence.  Pediatricians have been wary of these videos, even recommending that children use no screen media until they are two years old.  Today, a study by Zimmerman and Christakis shows evidence that the videos… Read more »

Frequent TV Watching May Lead to Teen Attention Problems

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In a study of over 650 families in New York, Johnson et al. found that teens who watch more than 3 hours of TV a day may be at risk for developing attention problems, learning difficulties, and long-term educational outcomes.  Other recent research related to media: D’Silva, MU & Palmgreen, P. (2007) Individual differences and… Read more »

TVs in Bedrooms – Another Outcome

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In a study of the home environments of over 3,000 children in Germany, von Kries et al "identified only a TV set in the child’s bedroom as an independent risk factor for expressive language impairment."  Previous research has shown that having a television in a child’s room can lead to overweight and to sleep problems. 

2 New Studies — Attention and Obesity Prevention

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In this month’s Journal of Pediatric Psychology, Miller et al found a correlation between television viewing and attention problems in preschool children, replicating the findings of a recent highly publicized study.  They state that the findings do not provide evidence for whether heavy television use is a cause or result of ADHD. In a unique… Read more »