Piaget, Kids, and Technology

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Psychologist Jean Piaget may have passed away before the advent of cell phones and the Internet, but his theories can provide guidance on when 21st century kids should get a hold of technological gadgets.  A New York Times article describes how parents can use Piaget’s developmental stages to guide them on technology appropriate for their… Read more »

Glamorizing Thinness through Pro-Anorexia Websites

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Last week, the French parliament’s lower house adopted a bill that would make it illegal to publicly glamorize or encourage extreme thinness. In particular, the bill cracks down on “pro-ana”—or pro-anorexia—websites, where people with eating disorders can go for advice on how to lose weight, for photos of waif-like celebrities that offer “Thinspiration,” and for… Read more »

Grand Theft Auto: Typical Controversy

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The Grand Theft Auto video game series sparks controversy every time a new game is released, and Tuesday’s release of the 4th game will likely follow the same pattern.  First week revenue is expected to reach $360 million.  Following a storyline that offers players the chance to drive recklessly (and in this new version, drunk),… Read more »

Earth Day and Turnoff Week are Here Again!

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Today is Earth Day and we at CMCH encourage you to recycle, donate, or sell your unused electronics.  Getting them out of your house or office will help your family reduce the amount of media they use, help others who can use items you no longer want, and help the Earth by making sure materials… Read more »

What I Learned at the CCFC Summit

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On Friday, I presented at the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood’s Annual Summit.  My talk about research on media and sex was well-attended and lead to some great discussion among participants.  I wanted to post about a few resources I became aware of through the Summit and pass them on to CMCH blog readers,… Read more »

Boston Regulating Video Games?

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Massachusetts lawmakers are considering a measure to limit the sales of violent video games to minors.  Several other states including Illinois, Louisiana, Minnesota, Michigan and California, have attempted similar measures but have all been denied because of Constitutional conflicts. Dr. Michael Rich, Director of CMCH, was interviewed for a newscast and a podcast on this… Read more »

Best Advice? Ban Bedroom TVs

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An article in the NY Times suggests that children should not have TV sets in their bedrooms.  The author points out studies that have connected children having bedroom TVs with negative effects on sleep, overweight, smoking uptake, and school functioning.  The CMCH Database of Research contains 24 studies that have examined some aspect of having… Read more »

Baby Einstein No Longer Advertised as Educational

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Last Summer we reported on a study of baby videos that showed children who regularly watched these programs scored about 10% lower on language skills than those who did not watch them.  After this study was released, the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) asked Disney, the parent company of Baby Einstein, to "release research… Read more »

2 Video Game Helpers for Parents

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With video games reaching an all-time record of $17.9 billion in sales for 2007, parents may need assistance in helping their kids use their games in safe and healthy ways.  Here are two new resources we just learned about: Xbox offers family settings where parents can set timers for their kids, control which games they… Read more »

Wii Helping Rehab Patients and Seniors

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The Nintendo Wii, which allows movement in real-life time and space to control movement on a video screen, is offering a chance for rehab patients and seniors to take part in their favorite activities.  This video shows a cerebral palsy patient, stroke victim, and disabled veteran all using Wii to practice their balance and hand-eye… Read more »