Research Wrap-Up: Recently Published Studies

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Here is a list of recently published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics: Brandtzæ, P.B.;  Staksrud; E.,  Hagen; I. &  Wold, T. (2009). Norwegian children's experiences of cyberbullying when using different technological platforms. Journal of Children and Media, 3(4), 349-365. The study examines whether children's experience of cyberbullying differs… Read more »

Using Cell Phones to Learn about Sex

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A new text service offers teens a way to ask questions about sex that they otherwise might feel too embarrassed to ask. The Birds & Bees Text Line, based out of the Adolescent Pregnancy Campaign of North Carolina, does not offer medical advice but does answer questions like, "What are the symptoms of gonorrhea?" or… Read more »

Preventing Teen Pregnancy

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Wednesday May 6 is this year’s National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, sponsored by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. The goal of this day is to “help teens think carefully about sex and contraception, the possibility of pregnancy, and the lifelong challenges of being a parent,” both through events held around… Read more »

Perspective on Sexting: Part III – Reactions and Responses

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This is the third installment of an examination of the phenomenon of sexting by guest blogger Dr. Richard Chalfen.   >>See part I: Teen Culture>>See part II: Photo-sharing Behavior After examining the historical precedents for sexting in the past two entries, I have come to the conclusion that as trite and reductive as it might sound,… Read more »

Perspective on Sexting: Part II – Photo Sharing Behavior

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This is the second installment of an examination of the phenomenon of sexting by guest blogger Dr. Richard Chalfen.  >>See part I: Teen Culture>>See part III: Reactions and Responses How and when did young people give pictures to one another in the past?  We know that historically young couples swapped pictures of themselves by exchanging… Read more »

Perspective on Sexting: Part I – Teen Culture

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A few weeks ago, we blogged about "sexting", which is the new term for when people send sexual text and picture messages to others.  This has been sweeping the news, especially since some teens have been hit with child pornography charges. CMCH Senior Scientist Dr. Richard Chalfen has been investigating the use of cell phones… Read more »

Sexting = Sexual Texting

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A new trend of sending sexual texts and pictures via cell phone has lead to a number of teens being charged with child pornography.  In addition to the legal questions here, there are several sexual and emotional health concerns. A survey from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy shows that 20% of… Read more »

Discussing Risky Behavior Online is…Well…Risky

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This month’s issue of Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine includes two related studies about teens’ online discussion of their own risk behaviors, whether real or invented, in the real world. Researchers at Seattle Children’s Research Institute conducted both studies. One study found that most teens do discuss sex, substance use, or violence on social… Read more »

What I Learned at the CCFC Summit

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On Friday, I presented at the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood’s Annual Summit.  My talk about research on media and sex was well-attended and lead to some great discussion among participants.  I wanted to post about a few resources I became aware of through the Summit and pass them on to CMCH blog readers,… Read more »