Are static images on TV harmful to toddlers?

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Q: When our 14-month-old son was born, his pediatrician told us to avoid screen time, so we do not allow him to watch TV and we rarely have it on while he is awake. But, we subscribe to a music service that streams through the TV. When the songs play, the album covers are shown… Read more »

Research Wrap-Up: Recently Published Studies-Nov.1

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Check out recently published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics: Britto, M.T., Munafo,J.K., Schoettker, P.J., et al. (2011). Pilot and feasibility test of adolescent-controlled text messaging reminders. Clinical Pediatrics. Available Online October 20.  The study authors found that allowing teens to control the timing and content of reminder text… Read more »

Research Wrap-Up: Recently Published Studies-December 14

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New published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics: Borzekowski, D. L.G & Henry, H.K. (2010). The impact of Jalan Sesama on the educational and healthy development of Indonesian preschool children: An experimental study. International Journal of Behavioral Development,  Avaliable Online December 5. The study results revealed that chidlren with… Read more »

How can I keep my teen from texting while driving?

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A: Research shows that using a phone while behind the wheel increases a driver’s risk of getting into an accident by four times (that’s about the same risk as driving drunk) and that drivers who text can be up to 23 times more likely to crash…
Answered by Dr. Michael Rich, The Mediatrician®

Research Wrap-Up: Recently Published Studies-August 3

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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…. Read more »

Are attention disorders connected to technology addiction?

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  Q:  Are impulsive children, or children with ADHD, more likely to develop technology addictions? –Answers about ADHD in San Francisco, CA A: Dear Answers, This is a tricky subject for a very basic reason: Although diagnosed and treated as a serious problem in Asia and Europe, technology addiction, also known as video or internet addiction,… Read more »

Research Wrap-Up: Recently Published Studies-July 6

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New published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics: Biddiss, E. & Irwin, J. (2010). Active video games to promote physical activity in children and youth: A systematic review. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 164(7), 664-672. This study found that active video games (AVGs) enable light to moderate physical activity. Limited… Read more »