Handling Celeb Gossip with Kids

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The following was written by Guest Blogger Dr. Gwenn, a pediatrician, health journalist, mother, and author of the blog Dr. Gwenn Is In. Teen celebrity news is always adding that extra twist to our lives as parents, forcing us to answer our kids’ tough questions.  And the latest gossip about Jamie Lynn Spears’ pregnancy is… Read more »

Video Game Sales Soar; 1/3 Parents Use Ratings

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In November, the video game industry broke their sales record with $2.63 billion in sales of hardware and software in that month alone.   The Los Angeles Times reports that lead-scare toy recalls have led some parents to purchase video games instead of traditional toys. The best selling games of the month were: Call of Duty… Read more »

A txt a Day Keeps the Doctor Away?

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A recent Wall Street Journal article highlights the use of text messages as part of the "telemedicine" wave.  In some countries text messages are cheaper, faster, and more private than phone calls or e-mails, so they present a useful alternative to calling or visiting a health professional.  Text messages are being used all over the… Read more »

2 Hours of TV, 7 Minutes of Reading

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A report released by the National Endowment for the Arts this month confirmed what many already suspected:  Children are reading less.  Over the past 15 years, the amount of time children spend reading has fallen 13% and their reading ability has declined — only one third of high school seniors are capable of reading the… 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 »

Hip-Hop, Sex, and Gender Dynamics

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A recent New York Times article explored a 3 year study of the hip-hop club scene in NY city.  Munoz-Laboy et al observed dancing and behavior at these clubs and ran interviews with young men and women.  They were surprised to find that even with the sexual and often misogynistic overtones of the music, young… 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 »

Dove Real Beauty Followup

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In February, we posted some fun resources for teaching students about media and body image.  One of those resources was a Dove ad showing the behind-the-scenes footage of how a regular woman is transformed into a model.  The Dove Campaign for Real Beauty aims to show the beauty of everyday women by highlighting the unrealistic… Read more »

Nielsen Keeps Up With Change

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At its essence, the purpose of Nielsen Media Research is to keep track of who watches what.  By tracking the TV program choices of 12,000 homes, they are able to learn which shows are most popular, thus influencing advertising rates and program continuation.  They recently announced that they will triple the size of their sample… 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 »