Check out these studies recently added to the CMCH Database.

Draper, Nora R.A. (2011). Is your teen at risk? Discourses of adolescent sexting in United States television news. Journal of Children and Media.

  • This analysis looked at how television news stories report on sexting (sending sexually explicit or pornographic text messages) and found that the stories generally used one of three themes: assuming that technological advances encourage engagement with sexting, that girls send sexts while boys receive them, and that parents should be primarily responsible for monitoring sexting.

Dye, Matthew W.G., et al. (2010). Children, wired: For better and for worse. Neuron, 67(5), 692-701.

  • This literature review looked at recent research on cognitive development of children who use technology and media. The researchers looked at the difference between use of educational media and entertainment media.

Gabriel, Shira, and Young, Ariana F. (2011). Becoming a vampire without being bitten: The narrative collective-assimilation hypothesis. Psychological Science, 22(8), 990-994.

  • Researchers asked college students to read from either the Harry Potter series or the Twilight saga for a period of time and then assessed how the readers felt they identified with characters in the books. They looked at whether reading fictional narratives led the subjects to feel like part of a social group.

Holfield, Brett, and Grabe, Mark. (2012). Middle school students' perceptions of and responses to cyber bullying. Journal of Educational Computing Research, 46(4), 395-413.

  • In this study, researchers surveyed middle schoolers to learn about their experiences as cyber bullying perpetrators and victims. They found that children who had cyber bullying experiences were often both bullies and victims. The researchers also looked at reporting behavior and noted that reporting cyber bullying often did not make it stop.

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