Disney is Kicking Butts

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According to a study by Stanton Glantz, smoking was present in 64% of Disney’s youth-rated movies from 1999 to 2006.  Today, Disney announced that they will no longer allow depictions of smoking in Disney-branded films and will discourage smoking in Touchstone and Miramax films, which the company also owns.  They also pledged to include anti-smoking… Read more »

Plug and Play Barbie

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With the success of physical toys related to online content (such as the Webkinz phenomenon), Mattel has unlocked a whole new world for Barbie fans.  A New York Times article describes the latest Barbie product: a doll shaped Mp3 player that opens up online content such as games, shops, and chatting capabilities when plugged into… Read more »

Might As Well Face It, I’m Addicted to…Video Games?

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With the seemingly constant release of new video games and systems, video game sales are projected to top music sales next year.  According to a Kaiser Family Foundation survey, 60% of kids between 8 and 18 play interactive games every day, 30% of whom play for more than an hour a day.  But there are… Read more »

From Blog to Reality: Manhunt2 on Wii

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Just last week I blogged about an article which pondered what will happen when violent video games are brought to the Wii platform and players must physically replicate violent actions.  Today, the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood (CCFC) put out a press release about Manhunt2 coming out as a Wii game next month.  CMCH… Read more »

The Following Preview Has Been Approved For Some Audiences

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You’re at the theater and before the movie starts, you see the familiar green background with the words "The following preview has been approved for all audiences by the Motion Picture Association of America", meaning that the movie studio met certain restrictions on how much violence, sexual behavior, and offensive language can be shown.  New… Read more »

What Happens When Your Body and Mind Control the Game?

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A gaming magazine called The Escapist poses the question about how people’s behavior and reactions will differ if they’re using a Wii controller instead of a regular video game controller.  The Wii, a Nintendo game system which made its debut in time for the 2006 holiday season, features a handheld remote pointing device which allows… Read more »

Dr. Google Gives a Bad Rx

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A recent New York Times article reports an emerging trend of both adults and children using the Internet to "diagnose" their medical problems. According to a Consumer Reports study, 41% of primary-care physicians reported patients coming to office visits with incorrect health information found on the Internet. Dr. J. James Rohack, an American Medical Association… Read more »

Shrek Hypocrisy Featured on The Colbert Report

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Lovable cartoon movie-star Shrek is currently a spokesperson (spokes-ogre?) for the Department of Health and Human Services’ "Go Out and Play" campaign aimed at getting kids active to prevent obesity.  Meanwhile, the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood has conducted a review of other Shrek promotions and found that Shrek is also promoting over 70 different… Read more »

Katie Couric’s Thoughts on TV Studies

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Last week, two studies showed that many children under 6 years old have TVs in their bedrooms and spend a considerable amount of time watching television.  In her notebook feature, Katie Couric commented on the study and mentioned that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no TV for children under age 2.  Watch the video… Read more »

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 »