Research Wrap-Up: Recently Published Studies-June 17

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New published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics: Bersamin, M. M.; Bourdeau, B.; Fisher, D.A.; &  Grube, J.W. (2010). Television use, sexual behavior, and relationship status at last oral  sex and vaginal intercourse. Sexuality & Culture: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly,14(2), 157-168.  The study results indicate that sexually inexperienced youth watched… Read more »

Research Wrap-Up: Recently Published Studies- May 11

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New published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics: Barr, R.,  Shuck, L., Salerno, K., Atkinson, E., & Linebarger, D.L.(2010). Music interferes with learning from television during infancy. Infant and Child Development, 19(3), 313-331 The authors concluded that music soundtrack creates additional cognitive load and disrupts selective infant’s attention to… Read more »

Research Toolbox: Recently Published Books

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Recently published titles of interest on the topics of children, media, and health: New Books Children, Media and Culture by Maire Messenger Davies This book addresses the continuing concerns around media ‘effects’ and critically examines the view that technology has dramatically changed modern children’s lives. Mashup Cultures by Sonvilla-Weiss & Stefan (Eds.) This volume brings… Read more »

CMCH and UNICEF Celebrate The International Children’s Day of Broadcasting 2010

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Celebrate the International Children's Day of Broadcasting 2010! The Center on Media and Child Health celebrates the International Children's Day of Broadcasting by joining other efforts around the world to ensure that children's needs and rights are addressed and protected via use of media. CMCH thrives to improve the understanding of how media affect children’s… Read more »

Research Wrap-Up: Recently Published Studies-January 8

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Here is a list of recently published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics: Kafai, Y.B. (2010). World of Whyville: Introduction to tween virtual life. Games and Culture, 5(1), 3-22. This paper explores the virtual world, Whyville.net, which at the time of the study hosted over 1.2 million players ages… Read more »

Research Toolbox: New Tool To Rate Music

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The Boston Public Health Commission's Start Strong Initiative recently unveiled a tool to rate healthy- or unhealthy- songs. The new tool, Sound Relationships Nutritional Label, patterned after common food nutritional labels, invites consumers to become song lyric nutritionists by helping them identify relationship ingredients that make up a song. Using this tool, teens involved in… Read more »

AAP Advocates for Safer Media and Impact of Music

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The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) just released two new policy statements, “Media Violence,” and “Impact of Music, Music Lyrics, and Music Videos on Children and Youth.” The authors include recommendations for parents and pediatricians to take an active role in monitoring and controlling what their children are watching and listening to. Here are some… Read more »

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 »

Are Headphones Safe for Your Ears?

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These days, headphones join us on the bus, on the train, on the sidewalk, mid-conversation with a friend, and in the check-out line. These contexts might make it difficult to hear, which might lead us to turn the volume all the way up. But how loud is too loud? A study published in the Archives… Read more »

Music Lyrics: How Much Substance Use?

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The following was written by guest blogger Dr. Brian Primack, University of Pittsburgh researcher and author of the new study Content Analysis of Tobacco, Alcohol, and Other Drugs in Popular Music. Let me start out by emphasizing what this article was not: it does not show the effect of music lyrics on young people.  It… Read more »