Further thoughts on “Is my son addicted to Wikipedia?”

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Recently, I answered a question from a mother who wanted to know whether she should be concerned that her teen son was spending several hours a day on Wikipedia. When the answer was featured on Ask the Mediatrician and discussed on the Center on Media and Child Health Facebook page, several readers challenged whether this boy’s intense interest in Wikipedia or excessive internet time was really that bad compared to other things he could be doing. I agreed with many of these comments and realized that I had not made my thoughts totally clear.

Research Toolbox: Studies on Substance Abuse and Media

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According to NIDA's 2009 Monitoring the Future Survey (High School and Youth Trends), cigarette smoking is at its lowest among students in grades 8, 10, and 12. On the other hand, Marijuana use rates have remained steady  and non-medical use of Vicodin and Oxycodin increased in the past 5 years. To kick off NIDA's National… Read more »

How do I decide which health websites to trust?

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Q: Are there guidelines about how to find reliable health information on the web?
A: Keep these three tips in mind when evaluating online health sources: Consider the ‘Rules of Media Literacy.’ / Ask yourself: What is this website trying to sell? / Visit multiple websites; compare advice.
Answered by Dr. Michael Rich, The Mediatrician

Is my son addicted to Wikipedia?

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Q: My 16 year-old spends several hours a day on Wikipedia, reading and editing entries. I’ve searched for scientific papers specifically on Wikipedia habits, but all I find are articles on internet addiction. Should I be concerned? What can I do?
A: A: First of all, your web searches may have been pointing you to the right articles: Even if it seems like an inappropriate term to categorize your son’s behavior, internet addiction refers to unhealthy patterns of internet use…
Answered by Dr. Michael Rich, The Mediatrician®

Is it OK to watch the “It Gets Better” videos with kids?

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Q: The It Gets Better videos are so powerful, but would my child be too young to understand them and just get upset?
A: The It Gets Better series is very good and should be commended for what it is: A well-intentioned initiative by adults about an important matter that needs to be addressed in a very public forum. The issue here, though, is that the brain development of child viewers is not yet as complete as that of the grown-ups producing these videos.
Answered by Dr. Michael Rich, The Mediatrician

Research Wrap-Up: Recently Published Studies-October 27

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New published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics: Dumith, S.C., Hallal, P.C., Menezes, A.M., & Araújo, C.L. (2010). Sedentary behavior in adolescents: The 11-year follow-up of the 1993 Pelotas (Brazil) birth cohort study. Cad Saude Publica, 26(10),1928-1936. FREE ARTICLE The authors found that these 11-year-olds spent extensive time at… Read more »

Research Wrap-Up: Recently Published Studies-October 21

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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 »

Research Wrap-Up: Recently Published Studies-October 6

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New published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics: Cauwenberge,  A. V.; d’Haenens, L. & Beentjes, H. (2010). Emerging consumption patterns among young people of traditional and Internet news platforms in the Low Countries. Observatorio, 4(3). FREE ARTICLE The authors found that the use of television news enhanced the use of online news… Read more »

Research Wrap-Up: Recently Published Studies-September 8

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New published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics: Bener, A., Al-Mahdi, H.S., Vachhani, P.J.;  Al-Nufal, M., & Ali, A.I. (2010). Do excessive internet use, television viewing and poor life-style habits affect low vision in school children? Journal of Child Health Care, Published online September 7. This study suggested a… Read more »