Cyberbullying Issue of JAH

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The Journal of Adolescent Health has dedicated a supplemental issue to the topic of cyberbullying and all full-text is publicly available.  In the first article, long-time media violence researcher L. Rowell Huesmann reviewed 41 studies on violence in television and video games and concluded: "Media violence increases the risk significantly that the viewer or game… Read more »

Making Facebook Friends with a Frog?

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Sophos, an IT security company, performed an interesting experiment to learn more about identity theft.  They created a fake profile for a frog named Freddy Staur, then sent out 200 friend requests.  Eighty-seven Facebook users accepted Freddy’s friend request, 82 of whom also gave out identifying information such as their email addresses, phone numbers, photos… Read more »

Online Bullying and Sexual Harassment Studies

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There are two new studies on the Internet in this month’s Journal of Adolescent Health: Prevalence and Frequency of Internet Harassment Instigation: Implications for Adolescent Health. by Ybarra, M. L., & Mitchell, K. J. Using data from a survey of 1500 teens, researchers found that 6% reported being frequent perpetrators of online harassment, 6% reported… Read more »

Plug and Play Barbie

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With the success of physical toys related to online content (such as the Webkinz phenomenon), Mattel has unlocked a whole new world for Barbie fans.  A New York Times article describes the latest Barbie product: a doll shaped Mp3 player that opens up online content such as games, shops, and chatting capabilities when plugged into… Read more »

School Bullies: From Playground to Cyberspace

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The Pew Internet & American Life Project released a report about kids being bullied and harassed by their peers on the Internet.  This practice, known as cyberbullying, often takes place through email, instant messenger, blogs, or social networking sites like MySpace or Facebook.  32% percent of the teens said at least one of these actions… Read more »

The Following Preview Has Been Approved For Some Audiences

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You’re at the theater and before the movie starts, you see the familiar green background with the words "The following preview has been approved for all audiences by the Motion Picture Association of America", meaning that the movie studio met certain restrictions on how much violence, sexual behavior, and offensive language can be shown.  New… Read more »

Dr. Google Gives a Bad Rx

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A recent New York Times article reports an emerging trend of both adults and children using the Internet to "diagnose" their medical problems. According to a Consumer Reports study, 41% of primary-care physicians reported patients coming to office visits with incorrect health information found on the Internet. Dr. J. James Rohack, an American Medical Association… Read more »

No Privacy Please: Today’s Teens on the Internet

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New York Magazine has a long, but very interesting article today called "Say Everything."  The profiles of a few everyday teens focus on their use of the Internet to display, define, and enhance their identity.  Most adolescents today combine a vast array of Internet tools to keep up with friends (email, IM, MySpace, Friendster), upload… Read more »

Virtual Worlds for Kids

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Over the past few weeks, I’ve seen children everywhere carrying around and talking about Webkinz.  Webkinz are plush animals that come with a "secret code" that a child enters online to be taken to the virtual world of that character.  Once they own the pet, they need to go online to feed and care for… Read more »

2 Studies: Couch Potatoes, Unwanted Porn

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Two studies in this month’s Pediatrics have made national headlines today: Reuters reported that getting kids to shut off the TV doesn’t necessarily mean they will be more physically active.  CMCH researcher Dr. Alison Field was part of the research team on a four-year study of 10,000 early adolescents.  Although over time, the teens watched… Read more »