How can I stop my kids from being ‘catfished’?

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Q:The Manti Te’o “catfish” story makes me wonder how I can best prepare my teens for future online friendships. My teens say that kids meet through friends-of-friends online and off, but online they just lie about personal information. I’ve always thought that practicing strong communication skills, honesty, integrity, and trust would help my kids grow… Read more »

Am I limiting my child’s chances of success in today’s economy by trying to limit his screen time?

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Q: My 11-year-old son spends every free minute in front of his computer—doing homework (he really does, thank goodness), social networking, playing games, and now creating his own games. Concerned that, one by one, he has dropped sports, playing with friends, getting outdoors, and, frankly, spending time with the family, I have struggled (and been… Read more »

Recently Added Studies on Children, Media, and Health

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Here are some studies that were recently added to the CMCH Database of Research. Forsyth, Susan R. & Malone, Ruth E. (2010). "I'll be your cigarette–light me up and get on with it": Examining smoking imagery on YouTube. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 12(8), 810-816. This content analysis of videos on YouTube found that youth are… Read more »

Connections in News, Media, and Research: Teen Tech Week Edition

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March 10-16 we celebrate Teen Tech Week, an initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association. Read more about Teen Tech Week here, and keep reading to learn about some research, news, and cool resources for encouraging digital literacy and creativity. Tweeting about Teen Tech Week to share your tips or ask some questions? Use… Read more »

Connections in News, Media, and Research: Eating Disorders Awareness Week

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From February 24 to March 2, we observe Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Here is some news, research, and media on the subject. National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is sponsored by the National Eating Disorders Association. You can learn about them here. Have you heard of "pro-ana" websites? User-generated and maintained web communities, pro-anorexia sites offer… Read more »

Recently Added Studies on Children, Media, and Health

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Here are some studies that were recently added to the CMCH Database of Research. Behm-Morawitz, E., & Mastro, D.E. (2008). Mean girls? The influence of gender portrayals in teen movies on emerging adults' gender-based attitudes and beliefs. Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, 85(1), 131-146. This study found that teen movies imply a sense of normality… Read more »