Check out recently published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics:

Ghaddar, S.F., Valerio, M.A., Garcia, C.M., & Hansen, L. (2012). Adolescent health literacy: The importance of credible sources for online health information. Journal of School Health, 82(1),  

  • The authors found that exposure to a credible source of online health information is associated with higher levels of health literacy. The incorporation of a credible online health information resource into school health education curricula is a promising approach for promoting health literacy.

Harris, J.L., Speers, S.E., Schwartz, M.B., & Brownell, K.D. (2011). US food company branded advergames on the Internet: Children's exposure and effects on snack consumption. Journal of Children and Media. Available Online November 30. 

  • This study found that advergames encouraging healthy eating did increase fruit and vegetable consumption: however, only one website in the analysis used advergames to promote primarily healthy foods. These findings support the need for restrictions on companies' use of advergames to market nutritionally poor foods to children.

Harrison, K.,Liechty, J.M.& The STRONG Kids. (2011). US preschoolers' media exposure and dietary habits: The primacy of television and the limits of parental mediation. Journal of Children and Media. Available Online December 2.  

  • The study authors found that TV viewing continued to predict intake of some HELN (high-energy, low-nutrient) foods for the 322 children whose parents limited their daily screen media exposure to 2 hours. 

Mitchell, K.J., Finkelhor, D., Jones, L.M., & Wolak, J. (2011). Prevalence and characteristics of youth sexting: A national study. Pediatrics. Available Online December 5. FULL TEXT

  • This study found that the rate of youth exposure to sexting highlights a need to provide them with information about legal consequences of sexting and advice about what to do if they receive a sexting image. 

Skatrud-Mickelson, M., Adachi-Mejia, A.M., MacKenzie, T.A., & Sutherland, L.A. (2011). Giving the wrong impression: food and beverage brand impressions delivered to youth through popular movies. Journal of Public Health (Oxf). Available Online November 10.  

  • The authors conclude that movies promote billions of food and beverage impressions annually to youth. Given the public health crisis of obesity, future research should further investigate these trends, as well as the potential association of these unhealthy exposures in youth.

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