Here at CMCH, we're always finding news, websites, games, and other great stuff that promotes positive use of media, shows young people engaging with technology in creative ways, informs us of new studies underway, and highlights other items of interest to practitioners, researchers, parents, teachers, and advocates. Here are some of the things we're excited… Read more »
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Check out these studies recently added to the CMCH database: Bergen, D., & Davis, D. (2011). Influences of technology-related playful activity and thought on moral development. American Journal of Play, 4(1), 80-99. Developmental psychologists and early childhood educators are often big proponents of play, as it promotes healthy social and behavioral development, as well as… Read more »
Q: I have a 6-year-old son, and he is very fearful of children’s television. For instance, when his younger sisters watch Winnie The Pooh and the bees start chasing Pooh Bear, my son screams in terror and runs out of the room. This does not scare his two younger sisters at all. Do you have… Read more »
Q: At what age should I teach my daughters about the ways media idealize thinness and display a narrow view of beauty? I want to reach my girls before their opinions are shaped by media influences, but I don’t want to alarm them about something that doesn’t seem to bother them yet. They’re in 4th… Read more »
Recently published titles of interest on the topics of children, media, and health: New Books Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches From the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture By Peggy Orenstein The author offers a radical, timely wake-up call for parents, revealing the dark side of a pretty and pink culture confronting girls at… Read more »
Q: Help! I’m shopping for kids of all ages this year for the holidays, and don’t know where to begin. What are your thoughts about the kinds of toys that are good for kids?
A: This year, focus on the CHILD–opt for Creative gifts you’ve decided upon after doing your Homework on the recipients’ interests, keeping in mind the importance of Imagination, Learning, and making Donations.
New published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics: Fang, F.; Schinke, S. P.; & Cole, K. (2010). Preventing substance use among early Asian–American adolescent girls: Initial evaluation of a Web-based, mother–daughter program. Journal of Adolescent Health, 47(5), 529-532. A family-oriented, web-based substance use prevention program was efficacious in preventing… Read more »
A: It’s likely you’ll get “But it’s just a book, Mom. She’s just a character.” You can respond by talking with her seriously: What is it about this costume that she likes? Does she realize how people will respond to her in it…
Answered by Dr Michael Rich, The Mediatrician
New published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics: Barnett, T.A., et al. (2010). Teens and screens: The influence of screen time on adiposity in adolescents. Am J Epidemiol.172(3), 255-262. This study found no evidence that screen time has an effect on percent body fat in girls overall, although physical… Read more »
Q: Boys in my daughter’s 8th grade class were looking at pornographic images on one of their phones during lunch. How do these images affect boys’ ideas about sex?
Answered by Dr. Michael Rich, The Mediatrician®