Dr. Michael Rich
says that many people believe “if it’s on the net, it must be the truth. But you have to think of the Internet as a library that includes Danielle Steele along
Director of CMCH Michael Rich represented the American Academy of Pediatrics at the entertainment violence summit in Washington DC. He commented “Children learn the ways of the world by observing and imitating — they cannot help but be influenced by media. The most insidious and potent effect of media violence is to desensitize viewers to ‘real life’ violence and to the hard caused its victims.”
Dr. Michael Rich, Director of Video Intervention/Prevention Assessment (VIA), at CMCH has devoted himself to helping his patients chronicle their experience with asthma by giving them camcorders and asking them to make video diaries.
From analyzing the videotapes, Rich has seen reasons for noncompliance with disease management: Asthma is not the number-one issue in the lives of a lot of my patients. They’ve got other concerns.
Medicine is not a religion; its a service industry, argues Rich. Yet as doctors, we often block ourselves from getting information that we most need to serve our patients. We need to listen to patients within their framework. Theyre the experts, they live with their illness every day. We can learn from them.
“Most parents already know not the put a TV in a child’s room. But many readers say they purposefully put the computer there, thinking it opens the door to the child’s personal technological age.”
Dr. Michael Rich, co-author of the AAP statement, says that removing computers from bedrooms is included in the recommendation. His advice is to set limit on how much and when computers are used. “It’s a matter of prioritization. After homework, after family time, after friends, sports, exercise. Kids get sucked in and neglect other parts of their life.”
Dr. Michael Rich, Director of CMCH, conducted a study (published in Pediatrics) of 518 music videos. He found violence in 15 percent of the segments: a total of 462 stabbings, shootings, kickings, and punchings or, on average, six violent acts per two- to three- minute video.
Dr. Michael Rich thinks the Web is “replacing the brochures we once handed to people. These sites are more easily tailored to the patient’s interest and level of awareness.”
Dr. Michael Rich who performed the study says “Our findings raise concern for the effect of violent portrayals in music videos on adolescents’ expectations about their own safety and the way they view people of another gender or race.”