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

Aires, L., Andersen, L.B.; Mendonça, D.; Martins, C.; Silva, G.. & Mota, J.
(2009) A 3-year longitudinal analysis of changes in fitness, physical
activity, fatness and screen time. Acta Pædiatrica, 99 (1), 140-144.

  • This study seeks to evaluate whether changes in physical activity
    index (PAI), screen time (ST: television, computer) and body mass index
    (BMI) made a contribution to longitudinal changes in fitness of
    children and adolescents.

Almeida, D. (2009). Where have all the children gone? A visual semiotic account of advertisements for fashion dolls. Visual Communication, 8( 4), 481-501.

  • This article attempts to reveal the structures of signification behind the visual discourse of advertisements for fashion dolls retrieved from the children’s toy website:

Dorey, E., Roberts, V., Maddison, R., Meagher-Lundberg, P., Dixon, R. &  Ni Mhurchu, C. (2009).  Children and television watching: A qualitative study of New Zealand parents' perceptions and views. Child Care Health Dev. Available Online Nov 30

  • This study explores the potential of electronic devices to restrict the amount and content of TV viewing in order to reduce background TV.

Sharif, I.; Wills,  T.A. & Sargent, J.D. (2009) Effect of visual media use on school performance: A prospective study. Journal of Adolescent Health, 46 (1), 52-6.

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

Tanes, Z. &  Cemalcilar, Z. (2009). Learning from SimCity: An empirical study of Turkish adolescents. Journal of Adolescence,  Available online 20 November.

  • This study investigates whether playing SimCity could change
    Turkish adolescents' perception of the city they live in. We
    hypothesized that playing the game would lead to perceptional changes
    in the players regarding their ideal and real cities.


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