Here is a list of recently published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics:

Kafai, Y.B. (2010). World of Whyville: Introduction to tween virtual life. Games and Culture, 5(1), 3-22.

  • This paper explores the virtual world,, which at the
    time of the study hosted over 1.2 million players ages 8 to16 years.

Lubetzky, R.; Mimouni, F.B.; Dollberg, S.; Reifen, R.; Ashbel, G.; Mandel, G.D. (2010). Effect of music by Mozart on energy expenditure in growing preterm infants. Pediatrics, 125(1): e24-e28.

  • This study tests the hypothesis that music by Mozart reduces resting energy expenditure (REE) in growing healthy preterm infants.

Schoenfeld, E.R.; Ng, P.; Henderson, K. & Wu, S-Y (2010) Using the Internet to educate adolescents about osteoporosis: Application of a tailored web-education system. Health Promot Pract., 11(1),  104-111.

  • This article describes the development and pilot testing of an online system to educate high school students grades 9—12 about osteoporosis; an age where positive health changes could have long lasting effects.

Sharif, I.; Wills, T.A.; &  Sargent, J.D. (2010). Effect of visual media use on school performance: A prospective study. Journal of Adolescent Health, 46(1), 52-61.

  • To identify mechanisms for the impact of visual media use on adolescents' school performance.

Tickle, J.J., Michael L. Beach, M.L. & Dalton, M.A.
(2009). Tobacco, alcohol, and other risk behaviors in film: How well do
MPAA Ratings distinguish content? Journal of Health Communication,
14(8), 756-767.

  • To evaluate the usefulness of Motion Picture Association of America
    (MPAA) ratings for parental selection of appropriate films for children.


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