The Truth About Moms and TV

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Last weekend, CNN ran an article called "The Truth About Moms and TV", which reminded me of the Kaiser Family Foundation report from this past May.  Both the article and the report reveal that parents often have a difficult time knowing how much media is too much, believe that educational media always benefits their children,… Read more »

FCC Rules Foul Language OK – Sometimes

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In the 4 cases examined by the FCC this week, 2 Billboard Awards broadcasts (2002 and 2003) were ruled indecent (resulting in fines), while charges were dismissed for one episode each of NYPD Blue and The Early Show.  Hollywood producers argue that "fleeting" and "unintentional" swearing should not be enough to mark a broadcast indecent,… Read more »

New Sponsorship for Sesame Street

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This month begins a new sponsorship deal between New Balance and Sesame Street, where the company will aim to advertise kids’ sneakers to moms of preschoolers.  New Balance is the 5th sponsor to sign on with the show in order to offset "rising production costs and federal funding challenges."  Producers are careful not to allow… Read more »

Tweens Get Their Music from TV

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Alloy Media + Marketing estimates that pre-teens spend $30 million of their own money annually, and influence the spending of $126 million of their parents’ money.  Their music purchases include pre-packaged pop sensations, often from television shows, such as That’s So Raven, Hannah Montana, and TV-movie High School Musical.

Video Games: Research and Conference

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In a study on video games and ADHD, Chan and Rabinowitz investigated whether there was a relationship between media use and and academic and social functioning.  72 students filled out the Youngs Internet Addiction Scale and their parents completed the Conners Parent Rating Scale.  The authors found that teens who play video games for more… Read more »

Hollywood Company Agrees to Anti-smoking Ads Before Movies

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In September, the Attorneys General of 41 states sent a letter to Hollywood’s 13 major movie studios asking them to include anti-smoking public service announcements (PSA’s) before any movie containing smoking.  The Weinstein Company is the first to take action on this letter, agreeing to insert a truth campaign PSA into its upcoming DVD release… Read more »

Controversy Over Game Ratings at Summit

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As I mentioned in a post earlier this week, Dr. Michael Rich, Director of CMCH, attended the National Video Game Summit in Minnesota this weekend.  Participants of the summit included researchers and representatives of the video game industry, who disagreed about whether the ratings system protects children from violent and sexually explicit content.  Many researchers… Read more »

Kaiser Forum on Reality TV

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On October 18th, CMCH Staff Scientist Dr. David Bickham spoke at the Kaiser Family Foundation forum titled "The Reality of Health: Reality Television and Public Health."  The report by Christenson and Ivancin concludes that there are two sides to health behavior portrayed on reality television: Positive results include: generating awareness about common health issues stimulating… Read more »

National Video Game Summit

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The National Video Game Summit, hosted by the National Institute on Media and the Family, will be held October 20-21st at the University of Minnesota.  CMCH Director, Dr. Michael Rich, will be a panelist on the Legislative Policy Panel.  During the meeting, researchers will: review current and emerging trends related to video game rating systems,… Read more »

Disney Goes Nutritious

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Walk into any supermarket with a child and you’ll soon hear "mommy, daddy, buy me this?" every time they see a familiar Disney character on a box.  Currently, these characters appear on high-sugar snacks like Pop-Tarts and fruit snacks.  But this will all change according to Disney’s new nutrition standards, to be enacted in 2008… Read more »