Research Wrap-Up: Recently Published Studies-Feb 14

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Check out these recently published titles of interest on the topics of children, media, and health: Christofides, E., Muise, A., & Desmarais, S. (2012). Risky disclosures on Facebook: The effect of having a bad experience on online behavior. Journal of Adolescent Research. Available Online January 17.  This study found that participants who experience negative consequences are… Read more »

The Good News about Children and Media in 2010

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Q: It seems like all we ever hear about are the negative effects of media. What research has been done on using media in positive ways?
A: Indeed, studies in the past year indicate just how positive media can be for children and families when it is used in a controlled way, paying particular attention to its content and the context in which it is used.

How should I explain to my child that her favorite pop star is having emotional issues?

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Q: My 6-year-old adores singer/actress Demi Lovato. How can I talk to her about the reports that she is experiencing emotional issues and may have an eating disorder?
A: The most important conversation you can have with your daughter about this issue is one that separates this pop star’s image from who she really is as a young girl…
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 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 »