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

Barnett, T.A., et al. (2010). Teens and screens: The influence of screen time on adiposity in adolescents. Am J Epidemiol.172(3), 255-262.

  • This study found no evidence that screen time has an effect on percent body fat in girls overall, although physical activity modified the association between screen time and percent body fat in both sexes.

Chittenden, T. (2010). Digital dressing up: Modelling female teen identity in the discursive spaces of the fashion blogosphere. Journal of Youth Studies, 13(4), 505-520. 

  • The researcher argues that fashion teen blogguers express and shape their identity by  writing, reading and commenting on blogs, more so blogging has  become a critical activity of trading cultural and social capital and, importantly, shaping expressions of emerging teen identity.

Kelly, B. M., et al. (2010). Television food advertising to children: A global perspective." Am J Public Health, Available online July 15.

  • This study results show that across all sampled countries from Australia, Asia, Western Europe, and north and south America children were exposed to high volumes of television advertising for unhealthy foods, featuring child-oriented persuasive techniques.

Moreno, M.A., Briner,  L.R.,  Williams, A.; Brockman, L.; Walker, L. &  Christakis, D.A. (2010). A content analysis of displayed alcohol references on a social networking web site. Journal of Adolescent Health, 47( 2) 168-175.

  • The authors found that explicit alcohol use is frequently referenced on adolescents' MySpace profiles across several sociodemographic communities. These references may be a potent source of influence on adolescents, particularly given that they are created and displayed by peers.

Northup, T., & Liebler, C.M. (2010) The good, the bad, and the beautiful: Beauty ideals on the Disney and Nickelodeon channels. Journal of Children and Media, 4(3), 265-282.

  • Researchers looked at beauty ideal messages in nine Disney and Nickelodeon shows and concluded that thin, white beauty ideal that is present in adult programming is also alive and well in programming for a younger audience.

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