Can Reading Help Kids Lose Weight?

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We know that reading offers a wide variety of benefits, but is encouraging weight loss one of them? According to a new study by Duke University researchers, the answer might be yes–when you’re reading the right kind of book. Healthy Lifestyles, Duke’s six-month childhood obesity program, gave 31 of its 81 participants a book called… Read more »

Books + Video Games = Increased Reading?

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Virtually all young people in the U.S. play video games, according to a recent Pew Internet study, but fewer and fewer seem to be reading books for fun. As a recent study from the National Endowment for the Arts reports, less than one third of thirteen-year-olds are daily readers. There are a variety of approaches… Read more »

Does TV Violence Affect Children of Different Races and Genders Differently?

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Many studies have explored the relationship between kids’ exposure to media violence and harmful health effects, but there has been little research into whether these effects tend to differ depending on the viewer’s gender or race. A study published in September’s Perspectives on Psychological Science brings some new evidence to the table. Researchers found that,… Read more »

Violence on YouTube

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A gunman opened fire in a Finnish school Tuesday, killing 10 students and himself. The AP reports that the suspect posted threatening videos on YouTube the day before the shooting, which prompted police questioning but not confiscation of his gun. The event brought renewed attention to YouTube’s policy about posting threatening videos. Although the site… Read more »

Educating the Public through “Grey’s Anatomy”?

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"Grey’s Anatomy" might not appear to be educational TV, but according to a study entitled "Television as a Health Educator" released this week by the Kaiser Family Foundation, it and other entertainment media can provide important health information to viewers. Writers of the popular show collaborated with researchers on a particular episode to include accurate… Read more »

The Story of a Hurricane

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As hurricane season rages on, images of violent storms play repeatedly on TV and computer screens, warning people in a given storm’s path to protect themselves, create disaster kits, and prepare to evacuate. It might be worth adding to that list monitoring kids’ responses to the storm and media’s coverage of it. So says an… Read more »

Are Headphones Safe for Your Ears?

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These days, headphones join us on the bus, on the train, on the sidewalk, mid-conversation with a friend, and in the check-out line. These contexts might make it difficult to hear, which might lead us to turn the volume all the way up. But how loud is too loud? A study published in the Archives… Read more »

France Bans TV Programming Created for Babies

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Citing evidence that social interaction is essential to early childhood development, France’s broadcast authority has banned French channels from creating or airing programming intended for babies. This is according to a recent article in USA Today, which says that in addition to preventing French development of such TV shows, the ruling affects two American-made shows… Read more »

Youth Make Media to Fight Violence

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Starting this fall, Boston youth will take to the streets–with video cameras and tape recorders. There they will capture words and images from their communities, which they will use to create an anti-violence media campaign through the city’s Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) Initiative. An article in Monday’s Boston Globe explained that this project will… Read more »

To Regulate or to Self-Police?

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Yesterday, the Federal Trade Commission published a new report on food marketing to children and adolescents. According to the FTC website, "the report calls for all food companies ‘to adopt and adhere to meaningful, nutrition-based standards for marketing their products to children under 12.’ " Meanwhile, the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative, a coalition… Read more »