25% of Teens Harassed Electronically

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A new survey of teens shows that 1 in 4 are often harassed by peers or significant others over their cell phones or on the Internet.  Text and picture messaging on phones as well as instant messaging and social networking sites on computers are outlets where teens are bullied, often without their parents’ knowledge.  Findings… Read more »

Media Outranks Sex as #1 Concern of Parents

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On Monday, a survey of parents was released showing that children’s media use is the number one concern of parents.  57% of the 1,138 parents who participated said that they were "concerned" or "strongly concerned" about the time their kids spend with media outlets such as television, Internet, and video games.  Media ranked highest on… Read more »

MySpace and Internet Safety

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Four families have sued MySpace, the social networking website, after their daughters were abused by people they met through the site.  The parents are disappointed that the site did not establish safety measures for their younger users earlier than they did.  Recently however, MySpace has launched partnerships with law enforcement and started efforts to educate… Read more »

Sesame Street: Children of Soldiers

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700,000 American children under 5 now have at least one parent deployed in military service. Tonight on PBS, Sesame Street will be showing clips from their new DVD for these military families, When Parents are Deployed.  Sesame Street producers have never shied away from presenting tough issues to kids in a way they can understand,… Read more »

Census: Americans Love Their Media

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Today, the Census released its Statistical Abstract of the US, painting a numerical picture of the lives of Americans.  One of the major findings was that as a people, we devote 146 days, or roughly five months a year, to consuming forms of media.  The majority of that time is spent watching television.  See the… Read more »

Subway Removes Violent Game Ads

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Last month we posted about a letter CMCH Director Dr. Michael Rich signed, asking authorities at the Massachusetts subway system to remove ads for the violent video game Grand Theft Auto.  The ads were removed last month, and today the MBTA responded (pdf) by stating that they will no longer accept advertising for games rated… Read more »

Survey: Parents Familiar with ESRB Ratings

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"A recent survey of over 1,000 video-gamers and their parents found that 80% of these parents report being familiar with, and paying close attention to, the ESRB ratings.  Over half of the parents surveyed report that the ESRB ratings are a major influence on whether or not they purchase a game for their children, and… Read more »

Video Game Report Card – Gift Recommendations

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The 2006 Video Game Report Card was released this week, complete with recommendations on which games parents should avoid and which games they should look into for children’s holiday gifts.  The report card is an annual overview written by the National Institute on Media and the Family. See article on recommendations for parents Download the… Read more »

Video Games Cause “Unintended” Exercise

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Early users of Nintendo’s new Wii game system were surprised by sore muscles after playing hours of sports video games.  The control for the system looks like a typical TV remote-control, but responds to motion, such as swinging a bat or boxing against an opponent.  The system comes with a package of 5 sports games:… Read more »

Advertising Violent Games on the Subway

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Today, the Campaign for a Commerical-Free Childhood sent a letter to the manager of the Boston MBTA subway system asking them to remove ads for the notoriously violent video game, Grand Theft Auto.  In the press release, a local community leader points out that by displaying these ads, the MBTA is undermining all the work… Read more »