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

Hinkley, T., Salmon,J., Okely, A.D., et al. (2011). Preschoolers' physical activity, screen time and compliance with recommendations. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. Available online September 3. 

  • This study found that the majority of young children are not participating in adequate amounts of physical activity and in excessive amounts of screen-based entertainment. It is likely that physical activity may decline and screen-based entertainment increase with age.

Lillard, A.S. & Peterson, J. (2011). The immediate impact of different types of television on young children's executive function. Pediatrics. Available online September 12. FULL TEXT.   

  • The study authors found that just 9 minutes of viewing a fast-paced television cartoon had immediate negative effects on 4-year-olds' executive function. Parents should be aware that fast-paced television shows could at least temporarily impair young children's executive function.

Morgenstern, M., Poelen, E.A.P., Scholte, R., et al. (2011). Smoking in movies and adolescent smoking: cross-cultural study in six European countries. Thorax. Available online August 25. 

  • The authors found that the link between smoking in movies and adolescent smoking is robust and transcends different cultural contexts. Limiting young people's exposure to movie smoking could have important public health implications.

Park, M. H., Park, E,J. Choi, J., et al. (2011). Preliminary study of Internet addiction and cognitive function in adolescents based on IQ tests. Psychiatry Research. Available online September 6. 

  • The researchers determined that it is not clear whether the persons who display weak cognitive functioning are susceptible to Internet addiction or if Internet addiction causes cognitive problems. However, as brain development remains active during adolescence, the possibility that Internet addiction adversely affects the cognitive functioning of adolescents cannot be ruled out.

Woolford, S. J., K. L. C. Barr, et al. (2011). "OMG do not say LOL: Obese adolescents' perspectives on the content of text messages to enhance weight loss efforts." Obesity. Available online August 25.

  • This study suggests that including text messages in obesity interventions is acceptable to obese adolescents as a means of supporting their weight loss efforts, and it highlights the need for such messages to be carefully constructed.


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