Parents Warned About Internet Safety

by WCVB TV | WCVB TV Channel 5, Boston | January 12, 2006

On January 11, Dr. Michael Rich
, Director of CMCH, was interviewed by Channel 5 news for his comments on internet safety. Recently,
a man entered Lunenberg High School looking for a teen he had chatted with on the internet.

“Parents need to be as aware of the media actions and interactions that their kids have as they do about the kids they hang out with or the
foods they eat or whether they put a seat belt on when they’re in a car,” Rich said.

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TV and Toddlers

by Dr. Mary Ann LoFrumento | Your Morning with CN8 | January 5, 2006

How do electronic media affect kids under age 2? What has scientific research shown about DVDs marketed to very young children?

Dr. Mary Ann LoFrumento discusses the answers to these questions and offers advice for parents making decisions about their kids’ media use.

» See Video Clip with Quicktime
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Media is an Environmental Health Hazard

by Tom Abate | San Francisco Chronicle | January 1, 2006

Are we so immersed in media that it’s become an environmental health hazard?

Dr. Michael Rich
, Director of CMCH, was interviewed for an answer to this question. He says “We have to see media exposure like the air they breathe,
the food they eat, the water they drink. We should be aware of what we put in our kids’ minds.”

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Read the full article at San Francisco Chronicle.

CMCH Director Speaks with Senators Clinton, Lieberman, Bayh

by Senator Bayh's Office | Press Release | December 19, 2005

Pictured Above: Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D, NY); April McClain Delaney (Washington Director, Common Sense Media); Dr. Michael Rich (Director, Center on Media and Child Health); Norman Rosenberg (President and CEO, Parents Action for Children); Senator Joseph Lieberman (D, CT). Not pictured: Senator Evan Bayh (D, IN).

On Friday December 16th, Dr. Michael Rich
, Director of CMCH, was invited by Senators Clinton, Lieberman, and Bayh to introduce the Family Entertainment Protection Act.

Designed to prohibit the sale of violent video games to children, this legislation was introduced just before the last weekend of holiday shopping. More than half of all video games sales each year occur between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

» See press release from Senator Bayh’s office
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Study: Parents Fail to Cut Kids’ TV Viewing

by Steve Ivey | Chicago Tribune | December 16, 2005

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no screen time for children under 2 years old, yet a recent study by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that these young children are immersed in electronic media.

In the past few years there has been an onslaught of media, from videos to interactive books and CD-ROMs, marketed to parents with claims that they will make young children smarter. But the same study found that none of these claims are based on actual research.

Still, media are here to stay, so what do we do about it? “Since they’re out there, we better make them safe,” said Dr. Michael Rich
, Director of CMCH, in a Chicago Tribune article.

» See Kaiser Family Foundation Report
Read the full article at Chicago Tribune.

Racy Teen Literature

by NECN | New England Cable News | November 18, 2005

Dr. Michael Rich
, Director of CMCH, was interviewed by New England Cable News about the controversial new
trend of racy sexual behavior in teen literature. Many parents are concerned about how this material might
affect their children.

From his clinical work with adolescents and their parents, Dr. Rich recognized that
young people are exposed to sexual portrayals and talk at very early ages. He recommended that parents and
teens talk openly about these books and their content. Teens who aren’t ready for frank discussion of
sexuality won’t be interested in reading the books. He advises that parents should keep up with the
media their teens are using.

“Kids learn from media. Parents should read the books and
watch the TV shows their teens watch, so they can be prepared for an open conversation about what they’re learning.”
Read the full article at New England Cable News.

Sex Content Soars on Prime-Time TV

by Cheryl Wetzstein | Washington Times | November 10, 2005

“More than three-quarters of prime-time TV shows contain some sexual content, significantly more than previous years, a study shows.”

“A previous study from the July issue of the Journal of Pediatrics found that of 2,522 studies on youths and the media, only 13 looked at sexual issues.” When asked about the effects of sexual behavior in the media, Dr. Michael Rich, Director of CMCH, told the journal that teens may accept TV sex behaviors as ‘normative, attractive and without risk.’
Read the full article at Washington Times.

CMCH Director Meets with Surgeon General

by CMCH | CMCH | November 8, 2005

Dr. Michael Rich, Director of CMCH, met with Surgeon General Richard Carmona on November 8th to urge him to put media effects on the national public health agenda as a critical environmental health issue of the Information Age.
» See Dr. Rich’s Bio
Read the full article at CMCH.

Smoking in the Movies

by Frances Rivera | WHDH TV | November 7, 2005

A new study suggests smoking is something kids may learn to do by watching movies. Dr. Michael Rich, Director of CMCH, was interviewed about the study:

“Movie exposure stood independently as a primary risk factor for smoking. Kids learn from the television shows, they learn from the video games they play. So this doesn’t surprise me at all.”

» See Video of Newscast and Full Story

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Reel Life

by Matthew Cyr | Dream Magazine | October 20, 2005

Video Intervention/Prevention Assessment (VIA), a project of CMCH that uses video diaries to learn more about the illness experience, makes the cover story of Dream Magazine.
» See Full Story

» Go to VIA website
Read the full article at Dream Magazine.