Sexting = Sexual Texting

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A new trend of sending sexual texts and pictures via cell phone has lead to a number of teens being charged with child pornography.  In addition to the legal questions here, there are several sexual and emotional health concerns. A survey from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy shows that 20% of… Read more »

A Different Kind of “Great Depression”?

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The following was written by guest blogger Dr. Brian Primack, University of Pittsburgh researcher and author of the new study Association Between Media Use in Adolescence and Depression in Young Adulthood: A Longitudinal Study. One of the important things about this study, I think, is just that it gets depression on our proverbial radar screen. … Read more »

Don’t Warn Parents about Harmful Effects of Video Game Violence?

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In early January, Rep. Joe Baca (D-CA) reintroduced a bill in the California Congress that would require all video games rated T (Teen) or higher to include a label that reads “WARNING: Excessive exposure to violent video games and other violent media has been linked to aggressive behavior.” The Entertainment Consumers Association has responded to… Read more »

Video Games Poised for Takeover

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Mike Griffith, president and CEO of Activision (makers of wildly popular video game Guitar Hero), proclaimed in a recent press conference that video games are "poised to eclipse all other forms of entertainment in the decade ahead." While sales of music, movie tickets, and DVDs have all dropped in the past 4 years, video game… Read more »

Discussing Risky Behavior Online is…Well…Risky

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This month’s issue of Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine includes two related studies about teens’ online discussion of their own risk behaviors, whether real or invented, in the real world. Researchers at Seattle Children’s Research Institute conducted both studies. One study found that most teens do discuss sex, substance use, or violence on social… Read more »

How Young People Educate Themselves…Digitally

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The recently published findings from the Digital Youth Project, funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, shed some interesting light on how young people use media and on the benefits of that use. Contrary to what the report calls common adult perceptions, the findings suggest that digital media are important to young… Read more »

Wii Wand Doesn’t Increase Aggression…but Violent Video Games Do

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After the release of “Manhunt II” for the Wii–in which players use a motion-detecting wand to punch, stab, and dismember other characters–many experts expressed concern over the potential effects of reinforcing such violent movements in video game play. A study soon to be published in Computers and Human Behavior, however, did not find that using… Read more »

Increased Fears about Video Game Addiction

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November 13 brought the release of "World of Warcraft: The Wrath of the Lich King," an expansion of the hugely popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG). According to the Telegraph, lines started forming 18 hours before the midnight release in London. This popularity has helped renew concerns about video game addiction. The game’s release… Read more »

More Links Between Violent Media and Aggression

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Over the past 50 years, research has linked violent media exposure to increased aggression in young people. This month’s Pediatrics adds two new studies to the mix: one on Internet violence and one on violent video games. Both recommend reducing or eliminating youth exposure to violent media. One study found a link between being exposed… Read more »

Children’s Safety vs. Free Speech?

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On Wednesday, California will once again bring to the courts the question of whether to bar the sale or rental of violent video games to minors. The Mercury New reports that supporters intend to protect children from the negative effects of exposure to media violence. Opponents, however, say that the law is unconstitutional and claim… Read more »