Dr. Rich Goes to Washington

by Children's Hospital Boston | Children's News | September 7, 2001

Dr. Michael Rich was invited to Capitol Hill to testify before Congress about entertainment ratings and how sexually explicit media affects children’s health.
» See Dr. Rich’s Bio
Read the full article at Children's News.

Medical Lessons on Videotape

by ABC News | ABC News | December 16, 2000

“In a perfect world, doctors know a lot about the science of treating asthma in children. But children with asthma live in the real world – where doctors can’t always control what they do or the circumstances of their lives.”

Dr. Michael Rich, director of Video Intervention/Prevention Assessment (VIA) at CMCH uses videotapes created by his patients to learn how their chronic illness is managed in real life.

“’What I do is hand a patient a video camcorder and say, teach me about asthma,’ Rich says. ‘I can tell them what the science says about asthma. What I cant tell them is what it does to them and their lives.’”
Read the full article at ABC News.

Benefits of Computers for Children Questioned

by Carl Sherman | Pediatric News | December 1, 2000

In a recent 100 page report, the Alliance for Childhood says that the educational value of computers for children is
an “untested premise.” The group has urged a comprehensive examination by the surgeon general on the “physical, emotional, and developmental
hazards computers may pose, and an immediate moratorium on their further introduction in early childhood and elementary education.”

Dr. Michael Rich
commented “It’s absolutely correct that there’s no substantive evaluation on whether computers are a good, bad, or neutral
thing in the classroom, but a moratorium is not feasible.”

He continued, “I worry about intruding on childhood with a machine that says, ‘there’s a right and wrong answer, and we’ll sit you down until we get the right answer.'”
Read the full article at Pediatric News.

Lights. Action. Asthma.

by Elizabeth Gudrais | Harvard Magazine | November 1, 2000

“Medical histories can be rather dry affairs: a doctor at a desk interviews a patient while filling out a dorm. Suppose instead the patients recorder their medical histories, using videotape shot at home, outdoors, everywhere – and could take a few weeks to do the job.”

Dr. Michael Rich, director of Video Intervention/Prevention Assessment (VIA) at CMCH has had his patients do just that.

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

Video-Game Vote

by Gary Washburn | Chicago Tribune | October 31, 2000

Last December, Chicago’s Alderman Burke supported giving city
assistance to expand and improve Midway Games, a maker of violent video games such as Mortal Kombat. Now Burke is supporting government
action to crack down on businesses that sell violent games to children.

Burke defended his actions, saying he has no problem with adults playing these games, and it was a good business decision to keep Midway in the city.

Dr. Michael Rich
testified before Chicago City Council on the desensitization effect of video games, saying that they instill a “get them before they get me mentality” that can translate into poor
conflict resolution skills on the playground.

» See Dr. Rich’s Testimony
Read the full article at Chicago Tribune.

Should Government Regulate Video Games?

by ABC News | ABC 7 Chicago News | October 31, 2000

A recent proposal by the Chicago City Council would limit the accessibility of violent video games to children.

Dr. Michael Rich
testimony before the Council, saying that “all the available research on violent video games says that they desensitize and promote
violent acts among those who play particularly those who play them most — children.”

» See Dr. Rich’s Testimony and Full Story
Read the full article at ABC 7 Chicago News.

Toughening Video-Game Measures

by Committee on Finance | Chicago City Council | October 31, 2000

“This past summer, the city of Indianapolis became the first city in the nation to require kids to have a parent present when playing
video games at arcades that featured violent or sexually explicit content.” Chicago’s Alderman Burke is seeking a similar law for
his city, and is even considering amendments that would make it illegal to sell or rent violent games to minors.

Dr. Michael Rich
testified before the council, saying “We have a powerful teaching tool here. The question is ‘What are our children learning?'”

» See Dr. Rich’s Testimony
Read the full article at Chicago City Council.

Web-Surfing Parents Need Pediatric Supervision

by Carl Sherman | Pediatrics News | September 1, 2000

The problem with the Internet is that the quality of information varies greatly, so as a source of medical information, it’s not always reliable.

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
with Shakespeare.”
Read the full article at Pediatrics News.

Watching What We Watch

by Alexandra Benis | Harvard Public Health Review | September 1, 2000

It is the shift in how violence is portrayed rather than the prevalence of violence itself that most concerns Michael Rich,” Director of CMCH. ““’I think that violence is and will be a staple of drama forever,’” says Rich, who pursued his medical degree after a 12-year career as a film director in both the U.S. and Japan.
Read the full article at Harvard Public Health Review.