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

Henson, C., Chapman, S., McLeod, L., Johnson, N., & Hickie, I. (2010). Room for improvement: mixed portrayal of young people with mental  illness on Australian television news. The Australian and New Zealand Journal Of Psychiatry,  44(3), 267-272.

  • The aim of the present study was to review television news depiction of mental illness in children and adolescents to test the hypothesis that positive portrayals of adults with mental illness also apply to young people.

Livingstone, S. & Helsper, E. (2010). Balancing opportunities and risks in teenagers’ use of the internet: The role of online skills and internet self-efficacy. New Media & Society, 12(2), 309-329.

  • This article examines the role of selected measures of internet literacy in relation to teenagers’ online experiences.

Ryan, E. L. (2010). Dora the Explorer:  Empowering preschoolers, girls, and Latinas. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, 54(1), 54-68.

  • This study explored how Dora may change the “face” of children's television while empowering three traditionally powerless groups: preschoolers, girls, and Latinas.

Schwartz, M.B., Ross, C., Harris, J.L., Jernigan, D.H., Siegel, M., Ostroff, J., & Brownell, K.D. (2010). Breakfast cereal industry pledges to self-regulate advertising to youth: Will they improve the marketing landscape? J Public Health Policy, 31(1), 59-73.

  • The authors provided quantitative baseline data describing (a) the amount of child-directed breakfast cereal advertising in 2007; (b) an assessment of the nutritional value for all cereals advertised on television; and (c) the relationship between nutrition quality and child exposure to television advertising for major cereal brands.

Ward, L. M., Day, K.M., & Thomas, K.A.(2010). Confronting the assumptions: Exploring the nature and predictors of black adolescents' media use. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, 54(1), 69-86.

  • Documented as heavy media consumers, Black viewers are often also assumed to be unselective, uncritical, and homogeneous. These assumptions were tested in an exploratory study of the nature and correlates of media use among 139 Black and 82 White students aged 11-14 years.
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