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Check out these recently published titles of interest on the topics of children, media, and health:

Bickham, D.s. & Slaby, R.G. Effects of a media literacy program in the US on children's critical evaluation of unhealthy media messages about violence, smoking, and food. Journal of Children and Media, 6(2), 255-271.

  • This study, by CMCH's own David Bickham, assesses the efficacy of a media literacy program in two elementary schools (compared to one control school) in the Northeastern US. Children indicated that they understood how media messages encouraged unhealthy eating habits, glorified smoking, and made violence seem unrealistic.

Cingel, D.P. & Sundar, S.S. Texting, techspeak, and tweens: The relationship between text messaging and English grammar skills. New Media and Society, published online May 11.

  • Researchers attempted to understand tweens' cell phone use and relate it to particular learning gaps or writing skills and found that there was a general tendency for higher engagement with texting and lower English grammar skills, though it was necessary to define further what types of skills were affected (words and spelling versus structural grammar).

Olweus, D. Cyberbullying: An overrated phenomenon? European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 9(5), 520-538.

  • This paper argues that cyberbullying is a far less prevalent form of bullying than "traditional" bullying, and that most children and adolescents involved in cyberbullying are already more likely to be participating in traditional bullying. It recommends that schools concentrate primarily on combatting traditional bullying.

Raghupathy, S. & Go Forth, A.L. The HAWK(2) program: A computer-based drug prevention intervention for Native American youth. American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, published online July 27.

  • Tackling a serious problem in an underserved community, researchers assessed the efficacy of a culturally specific multimedia program aimed at combatting drug and alcohol abuse and preventing future abuse. As of this paper's publication, initial reports by youth and practitioners indicate that the program is having a good effect.

Zampollo, F., et al. Food plating preferences of children: The importance of presentation on desire for diversity. Acta Paediatrica, 101(1), 61-66.

  • In a study comparing adult preferences to those of preteens, researchers found that aesthetics in food presentation, from color to arrangement, are key to encouraging diverse and healthful diets in children. Further, they found that many parents arrange food in a way perceived as off-putting to their children, which has an effect on those children's own diet choices as they grow up. The researchers also touch on the influence of television programs in and outside of school in influencing children's choice of healthful foods.

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