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?

Research Wrap-Up: Recently Published Studies on Children, Media and Health- August 7, 2009.

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Here is a list of recently published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics: Early Childhood Care, 179(6), August 2009 Special Issue: Music in the early years: Research, theory and practice. Jenssen, B.P., Klein, J.D., Salazar,L.F., Daluga, N.A., DiClemente , R.J. (2009). Exposure to tobacco on the internet: Content analysis… 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 »

Suicide & Social Networking Sites – Prevention vs Encouragement

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Within the past week, there have been two major headlines about social networking  technologies preventing suicides: A UK teen who was describing his suicide plans on Facebook was saved by a Maryland teen who alerted police to the situation.  See story Actress Demi Moore saw a woman post a suicide threat on Twitter and called… Read more »

Discussing Risky Behavior Online is…Well…Risky

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This month’s issue of Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine includes two related studies about teens’ online discussion of their own risk behaviors, whether real or invented, in the real world. Researchers at Seattle Children’s Research Institute conducted both studies. One study found that most teens do discuss sex, substance use, or violence on social… Read more »