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

Bleakley, A., Hennessy, M. & Fishbein, M. (2010). "A model of adolescents' seeking of sexual content in their media choices." J Sex Res, Available online July 28.

  • The researchers found that  half of adolescents in the study sample reported actively seeking sexual content in their media choices, which included movies, television, music, Internet pornography sites, and magazines.

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

  • The study identified 36 papers that have investigated the relationship between sleep and electronic media in school-aged children and adolescents, including television viewing, use of computers, electronic gaming, and/or the internet, mobile telephones, and music. Researchers found that delayed bedtime and shorter total sleep time have been found to be most consistently related to media use.

Kron, F.W.; Gjerde, C.L.; Sen, A. &  Fetters, M.D. (2010). Medical student attitudes toward video games and related new media technologies in medical education. BMC Medical Education, 10, 50. FREE PDF

  • Researchers found that medical student, including many who do not play video games, held highly favorable views about the use of video games and related new media technology in medical education.

Tahiroglu, A.Y., Celik, G.G., Avci, A., Seydaoglu, G., Uzel, M.; & Altunbas, H. (2010) Short-term effects of playing computer games on attention. J Atten Disord. 13(6), 668-676.

  • Researchers found that time spent playing computer games can exert a short-term effect on attention in children with different psychiatric disorders and normal controls.

Tiggemann, M.; &  Miller, J. (2010). The Internet and adolescent girls’ weight satisfaction and drive for thinness. Sex Roles,  63(1-2), 79-90.

  • Researchers found that Internet exposure and magazine reading, but not television exposure, were correlated with greater internalization of thin ideals, appearance comparison, weight dissatisfaction, and drive for thinness for adolescent girls.

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