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

Henriksen, L.; Schleicher, N.C.;  Feighery,  E.C. & Fortmann, S.P. (2010). A longitudinal study of exposure to retail cigarette advertising and smoking initiation. Pediatrics, 126(2), 232-238.

  • The authors found that exposure to retail cigarette advertising is a risk factor for smoking initiation. They found that after 12 months, 18% of adolescents initiated smoking, but the incidence was higher among students who visited convenience, liquor, or small grocery stores at least twice per week.

Kahlenberg, S.G & Hein, M.M. (2010). Progression on Nickelodeon? Gender-role stereotypes in toy commercials. Sex Roles, 62(11-12), 830-847.

  • The authors found that the majority of girl and boy characters
    were featured in gender-specific toy commercials, and there were more
    identifiable girls than boys. Almost one-half of the characters were
    children (6-to-10-years old) who predominantly played indoors, in mixed
    colored settings, and engaged in cooperative play. Boys were more
    likely than girls to be shown outdoors and playing competitively.

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. Published online August 2.

  • The results of this study suggest that young people who are initially free of mental health problems but use the Internet pathologically could develop that of those who did not exhibit the targeted pathological internet use behaviors depression as a consequence.

Lauricella, A.L., Pempek,  T.A., Barr, R.; & Calvert, S.L. (2010). Contingent computer interactions for young children's object retrieval success. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, Available Online.

  • The results of this study suggest that children's learning from a screen, such as interactive video games, can be improved by contingent, interactive experiences with media. These findings can help producers create online games that facilitate children's skills at linking what they do on a screen to real-life experiences.

Swing, E.L.;  Gentile, D.A.; Anderson, C.A. &  Walsh, D.A. (2010).Television and video game exposure and the development of attention problems. Pediatrics,126(2), 214-221.

  • The authors argue that viewing television and playing video games each are associated with increased subsequent attention problems in childhood. It seems that a similar association among television, video games, and attention problems exists in late adolescence and early adulthood.

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