Tempering Real-Life Violence with Media Violence?

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A recent NY Times article explored a study which concluded that because violent movies attract violent people and keep them contained in movie theaters, there are 1,000 less violent crimes every week. On the one hand, this seems like a time displacement argument with a very narrow focus — akin to saying that there are less… Read more »

Cyberbullying Issue of JAH

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The Journal of Adolescent Health has dedicated a supplemental issue to the topic of cyberbullying and all full-text is publicly available.  In the first article, long-time media violence researcher L. Rowell Huesmann reviewed 41 studies on violence in television and video games and concluded: "Media violence increases the risk significantly that the viewer or game… Read more »

Feeling Every Bump and Blow

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A special vest has hit the market that allows players to feel thumps, punches, stabs, and other blows to the torso that their character experiences in a video game. It is priced at $189 and is being launched with the first-person shooter game "Call of Duty." The vest was designed by a US surgeon who… Read more »

Target’s Target: Manhunt2

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Target stores have removed Manhunt2 from their video game shelves a week after its release on Halloween.  The premise of this violent game is that the player is a patient trying to escape from a mental hospital who must kill or be killed.  An added concern over the violence in this game came because it… Read more »

3 Media Articles in November Pediatrics

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There are 3 media-related articles in the new issue of Pediatrics: Zimmerman and Christakis:  Associations Between Content Types of Early Media Exposure and Subsequent Attentional Problems See news article Conclusion:  "Preschool boys exposed to violent television — even cartoons — are more likely to become aggressive later in life." Christakis and Zimmerman:  Violent Television Viewing… Read more »

Everyone’s Playing Halo 3

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The long-awaited third installment of the X-Box video game Halo was released this week.  Within the first 24 hours of its release, the game rang up $170 million in sales and more than 1 million people logged on to play.  The game features a variety of weapons used to fight aliens and other humans along… Read more »

School Bullies: From Playground to Cyberspace

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The Pew Internet & American Life Project released a report about kids being bullied and harassed by their peers on the Internet.  This practice, known as cyberbullying, often takes place through email, instant messenger, blogs, or social networking sites like MySpace or Facebook.  32% percent of the teens said at least one of these actions… Read more »

From Blog to Reality: Manhunt2 on Wii

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Just last week I blogged about an article which pondered what will happen when violent video games are brought to the Wii platform and players must physically replicate violent actions.  Today, the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood (CCFC) put out a press release about Manhunt2 coming out as a Wii game next month.  CMCH… Read more »

4th Grade Peace Wall Includes Non-Violent Media

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Over April vacation, teacher Kathy Jenkins watched the news about the Virginia Tech shooting and knew that her 4th grade students would be talking about it when they returned to school.  She came up with the concept of a "Wall of Peace" where students could creatively express their reactions to the shooting and develop plans… Read more »

Mixed Reactions to FCC Report

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On April 25th, the FCC issued a report about the impact of violent media on children.  The report cites years of research showing that exposure to violent media is associated with an increase in aggressive behavior, at least in the short-term.  The report also cites research by CMCH’s Dr. David Bickham and Dr. Michael Rich… Read more »