The Mediatrician Asks YOU a Question!

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Do your family’s media habits change as the kids head back to school? How are your habits different from those in the Summer? Do you purposely make an attempt to change things or do they just change on their own as a result of a more structured schedule?

Behind the Scenes of Children’s TV

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When your kids watch their favorite TV shows, have you ever wondered how these programs make it on the air? Sure, there are writers, producers, cast and crew that create what you see on the screen, but did you know there is also a group of professionals tracking the shows you and your family love as they develop? These professionals are otherwise known as the folks in Standards and Practices—and, I am one such professional. Our job is assuring that the content you watch on television and online upholds the standards of our network, appropriately reflects the brand associated with our network, and abides by related federal laws, while still being entertaining and educational.

Research Toolbox: Featured Books

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Here is a list of published and upcoming titles of interest on the topics of children, media, and health. Please let us know about any new books you would like to see highlighted in the future! Ad Nauseam: A Survivor's Guide to American Consumer Culture by Carrie McLaren and Jason Torchinsky (eds) (2009)  The authors… Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »