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

Bener, A., Al-Mahdi, H.S., Vachhani, P.J.;  Al-Nufal, M., & Ali, A.I. (2010). Do excessive internet use, television viewing and poor life-style habits affect low vision in school children? Journal of Child Health Care, Published online September 7.

  • This study suggested a strong association between spending prolonged hours on the computer or TV, fast food eating, poor lifestyle habits and low vision.

Cain N.; & Gradisar, M. (2010). Electronic media use and sleep in school-aged children and adolescents: A review.  Sleep Medicine, 11(8),735-742.

  • The present study identified 36 papers that have investigated the relationship between sleep and electronic media in school-aged children and adolescents. The analysis revealed that delayed bedtime and shorter total sleep time have been found to be most consistently related to media use.

Eliaa, I.; van den Heuvel-Panhuizenb, M.; &  Georgioua, A. (2010). The role of pictures in picture books on children's cognitive engagement with mathematics. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, 18(3),125-147.

  • This study found that  the pictures in books as a whole has the potential for cognitively engaging young children and supporting children's learning of mathematics. However, the pictures with a representational function were found to elicit mathematical thinking to a greater extent than the pictures with an informational function.

Krahé, B.; &   Möller, I; (2010). Longitudinal effects of media violence on aggression and empathy among German adolescents. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 31(5),401-409

  • This  longitudinal study looked at the relation between adolescents' habitual usage of media violence and aggressive behavior and empathy. The analysis showed significant pathways from media violence usage to higher physical aggression and lower empathy.

Webb, T.; Martin, K.; Afifi,  A.A. & Kraus, J. (2010). Media literacy as a violence-prevention strategy: A pilot evaluation. Health Promot Pract, 11(5),714-722.

  • This pilot study focused on the implementation and feasibility of the media literacy curriculum Beyond Blame: Challenging Violence in the Media. The results found that students in the media literacy curriculum scored much higher on the posttest compared with the students that did not participate in the evaluation.

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