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 »

Does Measurement Matter?

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In the May issue of Obesity Reviews, Bryant et al have written a systematic review of studies related to overweight in children which included a measurement of television viewing.  The authors found that most of these studies used a self-report survey to measure the hours of television watched.  Few studies used a method of direct… Read more »

An Entertainment Industry Revolution

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Last Thursday, CMCH Director Dr. Michael Rich gave Grand Rounds at Children’s Hospital of Alabama.  In an article about his lecture, Dr. Rich spoke about considering media use and exposure as matters of public health rather than a debate about morals and values.  His hope is that the entertainment industry will be revolutionized as research… Read more »

Media for the Diaper Demographic

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The entertainment industry is targeting very young children as an audience.  DVDs and videos for babies make over $100 million in sales each year.  BabyFirst TV and rival BabyTV, two channels dedicated entirely to programming for babies and toddlers, are moving into new cable markets over the next 6 months.  While the channels are pitched… Read more »

A Need for Speed? Video Games and Risky Driving

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People who play driving-based video games are more likely to drive aggressively in real life, according to research in the March issue of Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied.  The survey component of the study showed that people who frequently played popular racing games like Burnout and Midnight Racer were more likely to have a record… Read more »

CMCH Seeks Post-Doctorate Fellows

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CMCH is conducting a search for post-doctorate fellows in the social and behavioral sciences, or related fields.  The fellowship allows independent research on the effects of media on the social health and development, physical health and development, or brain development of children.  Particular substantive priorities include violence, obesity, language acquisition and development, and sexual risk… Read more »

Media Violence Research and the FCC

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Due to the FCC’s forthcoming propsal to regulate violence on television, CMCH recently sent out a press release about our resources on media violence. The majority of studies over the last 50 years have concluded that media violence does have effects on the attitudes and behaviors of children and teens, ranging from increases in fear… Read more »

Virtual Worlds for Kids

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Over the past few weeks, I’ve seen children everywhere carrying around and talking about Webkinz.  Webkinz are plush animals that come with a "secret code" that a child enters online to be taken to the virtual world of that character.  Once they own the pet, they need to go online to feed and care for… Read more »

JAH Abstracts on Media

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CMCH researchers Dr. Michael Rich and Dr. David Bickham have tested a new approach to collecting media use data called Measuring Youth Media Exposure (MYME).  This approach combines a recall questionnaire and time-use diary with momentary sampling in the form of electronic reports and video surveys.  This combination will allow researchers to gain a better… Read more »

CMCH List of Healthy Gift Ideas

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With the holiday shopping season now at its peak, we are all faced with the daunting task of finding the right gifts. Media have become increasingly central to the holiday season – they are used to motivate consumers to buy and, from video games and DVDs to MP3 players and cell phones, media are among… Read more »