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

Posted under Ask the Mediatrician.

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 »

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 »

How can I stop my son from texting while driving?

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Q: I’ve been begging my teen son not to text while driving, but I know he does it anyway. What can I do to get him to stop? –Texting and Driving in Beverly, MA A: Dear Texting and Driving, You’re right to be concerned–according to a recent study, 38% admitted to driving and texting at… Read more »