Earth Day Posts: Using Media to Educate Kids

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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 Digital Conversion   Here at CMCH, we often note that the greatest power of media is that it can be used to educate.  Here are some media that can help… Read more »

Earth Day Posts: Saving Energy

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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 Environmental Media for Kids Digital Conversion Reducing the energy you use to power electronics can help save money and the planet!  Here are some tips. How to reduce energy use with your… Read more »

Earth Day Posts: Recycling Electronics

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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:  Saving Energy   Environmental Media for Kids   Digital Conversion  Do you have an old computer in your basement?  Used cell phones lying around?  TVs collecting dust?  Getting them out of your house will help your… Read more »

Perspective on Sexting: Part III – Reactions and Responses

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This is the third installment of an examination of the phenomenon of sexting by guest blogger Dr. Richard Chalfen.   >>See part I: Teen Culture>>See part II: Photo-sharing Behavior After examining the historical precedents for sexting in the past two entries, I have come to the conclusion that as trite and reductive as it might sound,… Read more »

Perspective on Sexting: Part II – Photo Sharing Behavior

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This is the second installment of an examination of the phenomenon of sexting by guest blogger Dr. Richard Chalfen.  >>See part I: Teen Culture>>See part III: Reactions and Responses How and when did young people give pictures to one another in the past?  We know that historically young couples swapped pictures of themselves by exchanging… Read more »

Perspective on Sexting: Part I – Teen Culture

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A few weeks ago, we blogged about "sexting", which is the new term for when people send sexual text and picture messages to others.  This has been sweeping the news, especially since some teens have been hit with child pornography charges. CMCH Senior Scientist Dr. Richard Chalfen has been investigating the use of cell phones… Read more »

Suicide & Social Networking Sites – Prevention vs Encouragement

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Within the past week, there have been two major headlines about social networking  technologies preventing suicides: A UK teen who was describing his suicide plans on Facebook was saved by a Maryland teen who alerted police to the situation.  See story Actress Demi Moore saw a woman post a suicide threat on Twitter and called… Read more »

Using Media to Show Instead of Tell

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Last week, we blogged about an op-ed on photo retouching and body image by filmmaker Jesse Epstein.  Here, Jesse joins us as a guest blogger to expand upon the educational efforts she is working on.  I spent my formative childhood years in Mozambique Africa, where full bodies and “child bearing hips” were celebrated. When I… Read more »

Achieving Perfect Beauty with an Airbrush

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Filmmaker Jesse Epstein recently published a video Op-Ed on the New York Times website.  This behind-the-scenes talk with real photo retouchers explores how pervasive this practice is within the beauty industry, and how it affects people’s perceptions of their own beauty. In the video she mentions a 2007 study which found that just 3 minutes… Read more »

TV for Infants: Helpful, Harmful, or Neither?

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Parents are always looking to know what is best for their infants’ developing brains.  One question that often comes up is whether exposing children to TV will help them learn or prevent them from doing so. In this month’s issue of Pediatrics, CMCH researchers Dr. Marie Evans Schmidt and Dr. Michael Rich were part of… Read more »