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New published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics:

Cauwenberge,  A. V.; d’Haenens, L. & Beentjes, H. (2010). Emerging consumption patterns among young people of traditional and Internet news platforms in the Low Countries. Observatorio, 4(3). FREE ARTICLE

  • The authors found that the use of television news enhanced the use of online news and vice versa. These findings confirm young people’s complementary use of traditional and online news platforms.

de Gouw, L.; Klepp, K.I. ; Vignerová, J.; Lien, N.; Steenhuis, I.H.; & Wind, M. (2010). Associations between diet and (in)activity behaviours with overweight and obesity among 10-18-year-old Czech Republic adolescents. Public Health Nutr., 13(10A),1701-1707.

  • The authors found that the highest prevalence of being overweight or obese was found among boys and younger adolescents. Boys were more physically active, watched more television (TV) and used the computer more often than did girls. Watching TV more than 7 h a week was positively associated with being overweight/obese in 15-18-year-old girls, and was found to be negatively associated in boys of the same age group.

Lam, L.T. & Peng, Z-W. (2010). Effect of pathological use of the Internet on adolescent mental health: A prospective study. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med., 164(10),901-906.

  • The authors found that  the relative risk of depression for young people who used the Internet pathologically was about 2 1/2 times  that of those who did not exhibit the targeted pathological internet use behaviors.

Lin, W.-Y., P. Hope Cheong, et al. (2010). Becoming citizens: Youths’ civic uses of new media in five digital cities in East Asia. Journal of Adolescent Research, 25(6),839-857.

  • The study results suggest that the Internet may facilitate citizenship among Asian youths although entertainment-related activities such as downloading music or playing games remain the most popular activities online.

Moseley, K.L.; Freed, G.L.; & Goold, S.D. (2010). Which sources of child health advice do parents follow? Clin Pediatr, Available online Sep 13.

  • The authors found that pediatrician advice was more completely followed than other sources with mothers a distant second. Although 96% of parents used the Internet to find child health information, few followed most of the advice found there. White parents were 3 times more likely than African Americans to follow advice from television.

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