Research Toolbox: Recently Published Books

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Recently published titles of interest on the topics of children, media, and health: New Books Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches From the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture By Peggy Orenstein The author offers a radical, timely wake-up call for parents, revealing the dark side of a pretty and pink culture confronting girls at… Read more »

Is the Kindle OK for tweens?

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Q: Our soon-to-be 12 year old loves to read and dearly wants a Kindle. Should we get him one?
A: E-readers can be wonderful for tweens and any readers who do not need colorful images. Just as with ink and paper books, e-readers let the author’s words be transformed through the reader’s individual imaginations, life experiences, and aspirations into a shared vision.

Do you have any tips on good gifts for kids?

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Q: Help! I’m shopping for kids of all ages this year for the holidays, and don’t know where to begin. What are your thoughts about the kinds of toys that are good for kids?
A: This year, focus on the CHILD–opt for Creative gifts you’ve decided upon after doing your Homework on the recipients’ interests, keeping in mind the importance of Imagination, Learning, and making Donations.

Research Wrap-Up: Recently Published Studies-October 27

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New published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics: Dumith, S.C., Hallal, P.C., Menezes, A.M., & Araújo, C.L. (2010). Sedentary behavior in adolescents: The 11-year follow-up of the 1993 Pelotas (Brazil) birth cohort study. Cad Saude Publica, 26(10),1928-1936. FREE ARTICLE The authors found that these 11-year-olds spent extensive time at… Read more »

Is my daughter’s Halloween costume too sexy?

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A: It’s likely you’ll get “But it’s just a book, Mom. She’s just a character.” You can respond by talking with her seriously: What is it about this costume that she likes? Does she realize how people will respond to her in it…
Answered by Dr Michael Rich, The Mediatrician

Are audiobooks a good use of kids’ time?

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Q: My kids love listening to stories on CD. Do you think this a good use of time compared to watching TV?
A: Audiobooks are valuable media for your children because they don’t pre-digest imagery for them. That means that as your kids listen to the stories, they’re given the exquisite experience of actively imagining the worlds they’re hearing about, rather than having the characters and scenery presented to them like in a book or TV show.
Answered by Dr. Michael Rich, The Mediatrician®

Research Wrap-Up: Recently Published Studies-September 8

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New published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics: Bener, A., Al-Mahdi, H.S., Vachhani, P.J.;  Al-Nufal, M., & Ali, A.I. (2010). Do excessive internet use, television viewing and poor life-style habits affect low vision in school children? Journal of Child Health Care, Published online September 7. This study suggested a… 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 and Youth in the Digital Media Culture by Ulla Carlsson (ed.) This Yearbook showcases the Nordic countries and the work being done in the research communities of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. The focus rests on children, youth… Read more »

Research Wrap-Up: Recently Published Studies-August 17

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New published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics: Bleakley, A., Hennessy, M. & Fishbein, M. (2010). "A model of adolescents' seeking of sexual content in their media choices." J Sex Res, Available online July 28. The researchers found that  half of adolescents in the study sample reported actively seeking… Read more »