The School Dance

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Today a number of readers pointed me to an article in the New York Times about Physical Education classes across the US that are using Dance Dance Revolution to get kids to exercise.  According to the article, "at least several hundred schools in at least 10 states are now using Dance Dance Revolution, or D.D.R.,… Read more »

Good News and Bad News in the FTC Report

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In September of 2001, the FTC released a report titled Marketing Violent Entertainment to Children.  This report focused on self-regulation of advertising and ratings in the music, video game, and movie industries.  Last week, the FTC issued a follow-up report that tracks progress in each industry. Here is a run-down of the good and bad… 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 »

Mom? Can You Hear Me Now?

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6.6 million American children between the ages of 8 and 12 own cell phones.  A New York Times article explored some of the reasons why parents purchase cell phones for their kids and what happens when they do. Aside from those who finally cave to their children’s repeated requests for phones, many parents purchase cell… Read more »

Ratings of Top Ten Video Game Rentals

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This week I came across a list of Blockbuster’s ten most rented video games.  The number one game is God of War II, rated M for mature and having content including "blood, gore, intense violence, nudity, sexual themes and strong language." I find it interesting that the list seems to be pretty evenly split between… Read more »

Insight into Children’s Lives through Videotape

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Next week, the TLC network will premiere "My Life As A Child" — a TV show where 20 children were chosen to videotape their lives over a period of 4 months.  The topics these kids cover are anything but childish.  The preview of the show touches on racism, social class issues, sexism and disabilities, all… 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 »

Cyberbullying: Getting Worse?

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From circulating emails that mock someone’s appearance to stealing their IM screen-name and using it to insult others, the trend of cyberbullying keeps growing.  Because of the ability to be anonymous online, children and teens often feel a freedom to harass their peers over the Internet to an extent they wouldn’t consider doing face-to-face.  Now… Read more »

No Privacy Please: Today’s Teens on the Internet

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New York Magazine has a long, but very interesting article today called "Say Everything."  The profiles of a few everyday teens focus on their use of the Internet to display, define, and enhance their identity.  Most adolescents today combine a vast array of Internet tools to keep up with friends (email, IM, MySpace, Friendster), upload… 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 »