Research Toolbox: Recently Published Books

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Here is a list of recently published titles of interest on the topics of children, media, and health: New Titles Feminism, Inc.:Coming of age in girl power media culture by Emilie Zaslow This book offers a rich account of the ways in which teen girls understand style, sexuality, motherhood, and feminism in girl power media… Read more »

Should I encourage my preschooler to use the computer?

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Q: I know that today’s children need to be fully conversant in computers, but at what age? I don’t want my child to fall behind, but I don’t want to encourage computer use in place of the fleeting joys of childhood.
Answered by Dr. Michael Rich, The Mediatrician

Research Wrap-Up: Recently Published Studies: October 30, 2009

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Here is a list of recently published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics: Aires, L., Andersen, L., Mendonça, D., Martin, C., Silva, G., & Mota, J. (2009). A 3-year longitudinal analysis of changes in fitness, physical activity, fatness and screen time. Acta Paediatr. Available Online Oct 19. This study… Read more »

How can I get my husband to stop playing violent video games in front of our toddler?

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Q: My husband loves to play X-Box and used to play in his home office with the door wide open. My toddler would saunter in and watch him play on occasion. However, I can tell that my husband doesn’t see any negative consequences of playing games with loud noises and lots of physical contact. What can I do? Do you have any studies I can use to back up my argument?
Answered by Dr. Michael Rich, The Mediatrician

Are American Girl dolls a better choice for my niece than the more sexualized Barbies or Bratz?

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Q: I wondered if the Center has any research on the American Girls phenomenon. Unlike Barbies and Bratz, these dolls are not sexualized, and they also have connections to history and culture through each doll’s storybook. I am guessing that they are probably a better alternative for playtime fantasies (at least for families who can afford them — the dolls cost $95 each). But they are also linked to all kinds of merchandising, encouraging families to buy accessories like furniture, clothes, and even pets to go along with them (also pricey). What do you think about the pros and cons? My niece is 8 years old and I am thinking ahead to the holiday season.
Answered by Dr. Michael Rich, The Mediatrician