Using Digital Games to Improve Children’s Learning and Health

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How can we best use digital games to improve children’s learning and health?  A new report entitled Game Changer: Investing in digital play to advance children’s learning and health, by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, tackles this question with renewed vigor. Digital games have been shown to aid in learning in particular… Read more »

New Legislation Regulates Tobacco Marketing

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This morning, President Obama signed legislation that gives the FDA the ability to regulate tobacco marketing.  They are expected to take a number of measures to reduce tobacco advertising to youth: Most cigarette ads will be limited to black-and-white text only (which may face free-speech challenges) Outdoor advertising within 1,000 feet of schools and playgrounds… Read more »

Walk Like a Mediatrician

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Last Sunday CMCH represented Ask the MediatricianSM at the NSTAR Walk for Children’s Hospital Boston.  Though it poured in the morning, the weather cleared up for their 7 mile walk and all had a good time while talking up our new service!  Have you got a question for The MediatricianSM?  Go ahead and ask! If… Read more »

Using Cell Phones to Learn about Sex

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A new text service offers teens a way to ask questions about sex that they otherwise might feel too embarrassed to ask. The Birds & Bees Text Line, based out of the Adolescent Pregnancy Campaign of North Carolina, does not offer medical advice but does answer questions like, "What are the symptoms of gonorrhea?" or… Read more »

Save the Dates!

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Here is a list of upcoming conferences that may be of interest: Games for Health Conference 2009, Boston, MA, June 10-12. The Games for Health Project presents its fifth annual conference exploring how game technologies, tradecraft, and talent can contribute to breakthroughs in health & healthcare. Games + Learning +Society Conference 5.0, Madison, WI, June… Read more »

Preventing Teen Pregnancy

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Wednesday May 6 is this year’s National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, sponsored by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. The goal of this day is to “help teens think carefully about sex and contraception, the possibility of pregnancy, and the lifelong challenges of being a parent,” both through events held around… Read more »

Will Technology in the Classroom Change How Kids Learn?

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How and whether to use technology in K-12 classrooms is a highly debated topic. Although it is far from the norm in K-12 around the country, however, some educators are exploring the possibilities of classroom use of educational video games. Virginia recently became the first state with a pilot program that uses Tabula Digita's video… Read more »

Does Gender Make a Difference When it Comes to Media?

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Dr. Dafna Lemish, Professor of Communication at Tel Aviv University, editor of the Journal of Children and Media, and visiting scholar at CMCH, was recently notified that she will be the recipient of the first Teresa Award for the Advancement of Feminist Scholarship. Lemish was chosen for her important contributions to the advancement of feminist… Read more »

Earth Day Posts: Digital Conversion

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In honor of Earth Day, this week’s posts will give you resources on media and the environment. >> See other posts: Recycling Electronics Saving Energy Environmental Media for Kids The digital conversion has been postponed to June 12, giving Americans extra time to prepare for life without analog TV. But this transition provides more than… Read more »