TV Dinners

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63% of homes have the television on during meals.  Research has shown a number of concerns about this practice such as: People eat more junk food and fewer fruits and vegetables while watching TV People eat more food while watching TV than while listening to music Dr. Michael Rich, Director of CMCH, was interviewed for… Read more »

January Newsletters Available

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The monthly CMCH e-newsletters are now available for January.  To subscribe, see www.cmch.tv/newsletter.asp Parents’ Issue: MySpace and Friendster safety tips; a mother who uses ideas from "Dora the Explorer" to make errands easier. Teachers’ Issue: Media literacy and nutrition; McDonald’s report card promotion. Researchers’ Issue: CMCH food marketing research; call for proposals on food marketing.

Holidays <--> Media: Gift Ideas from CMCH

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The holidays influence the sale of media just as much as media influence the holidays.  Kids across the US have wish lists full of media items: video games and the systems to play them on; CDs and the Mp3 players they’ll use to listen to them; cell phones, DVDs, laptops and on and on and…

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 »

October e-Newsletters

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Don’t forget to check out the October editions of the CMCH newsletter: Parents’ Newsletter – A new study shows that heavy TV viewing in early childhood can affect social skills Teachers’ Newsletter – How does media affect students’ attention to homework? Researchers’ Newsletter – What’s the newest research on media and obesity? See back issues… Read more »

Back to School Newsletters

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The September editions of the newsletter are up!  If you haven’t already, you can see them here: Parents’ Newsletter – The kids are going back to school – how you can use this transition time as an opportunity to create a healthy media environment? Teachers’ Newsletter – You’re back in the classroom — how can… Read more »

School’s Out; Media’s In

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When kids are home for the Summer, they may have more free time for media.  In the Parents’ edition of this month’s CMCH Newsletter, see suggestions about using media in safe and healthy ways, as well as ideas for non-media activities.    In the Researchers’ edition of the newsletter, learn about scientific developments in movie… Read more »

Pulling the Plug on Movie Ratings

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A new study by Webb et al in Pediatrics examined violence in 77 movies rated PG-13.  The authors found that 90% of these movies contained violence.  Dr. Michael Rich, Director of CMCH, responded to the study with an editorial in the same issue.  Dr. Rich notes that the entertainment industry rates its own products and… Read more »

First Edition of the CMCH Newsletter

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The first edition of the CMCH e-newsletter is complete!  This monthly email will offer resources to parents, teachers and researchers about parenting and educating children in the Media Age.  See the May 2007 issue Sign up to receive future issues (1 per month)

Tots and Their TVs

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iatTwo studies out today show an astounding amount of television ownership and usage by very young children.  Dr. Michael Rich, Director of CMCH, was interviewed about these studies for an article on Newsweek.com. Vandewater, EA et al. (2007) Digital childhood: Electronic media and technology use among infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Pediatrics, 119(5), e1006-1015. 18% of… Read more »