Are You a Fan of CMCH?

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  Is everyone you know on facebook these days?  Well so are we!  Head on over to our page and click on “Become a Fan” in the top right corner.

Strict Regulations on Video Game Labels: A Real Need?

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A recent bill to label violent video games content was signed on Tuesday, June 22 by New York Governor David Paterson. This bill includes three new measures: It establishes an advisory council to study  “the connection between interactive media and real-life violence in minors exposed to such media” It requires new video game consoles to… Read more »

The (Heavy) World According to “Wall-E”

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Wall-E has made a big splash among movie-goers this summer, but this futuristic robot love story is not just sweet and enjoyable. It’s also full of social commentary about an issue that’s very much in the public eye: the relationship between food advertising, television viewing, and overweight. The Times Union on Monday noted the link… Read more »

Does Background TV Have an Effect on Play?

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According to a recent study in Child Development by Dr. Marie Evans Schmidt, Staff Scientist at CMCH, having the television on in the background while very young children play disrupts their attention and their ability to concentrate.  This may harm their development. The team observed 50 children, raging from 12 to 36-months of age, while… Read more »

Dr. Rich Answers Parents’ Questions

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CMCH Director, Dr. Michael Rich, is now answering questions about media and kids on Parents.com, the website of Parents magazine. There have been a number of interesting questions such as: I never thought I would even consider a gaming system for the family, but after seeing (and playing) the Nintendo Wii I am really thinking… Read more »

On Demand: Appropriate Control, or Encouraging Impatience?

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How does having TV on-demand affect children? In The Boston Globe this week, CMCH Director Dr. Michael Rich attempted to answer this question. He says that although we don’t really know how the ability to see what they want when they want affects kids, we do know that, if overused, on-demand media can be as… Read more »

The Problems and Promises of Video Games

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In April, Dr. David Bickham, Staff Scientist at CMCH, spoke at Penn State’s Institute for Information Policy conference titled Playing to Win: The Business and Social Frontier of Videogames.  The goal of the meeting was to bring together experts whose work centers on the economic, social and cultural aspects of videogames.  A video of Dr…. Read more »

Let’s Talk About Sex(ual content)

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CMCH Librarian Brandy King will be presenting at the 6th Annual Summit of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood.  The Summit will take place April 3rd-5th at Wheelock College, and will focus on the theme "Consuming Kids: The Sexualization of Children and Other Commercial Calamities."  Ms. King will present research about sex and media followed… Read more »