Research Wrap-Up: Recently Published Studies-July 19

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Check out recently published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics: Boyland, E. J., Harrold, J. A., et al. (2011). Food commercials increase preference for energy-dense foods, particularly in children who watch more television. Pediatrics. Available online June 27.  This study found that exposure to television food commercials enhanced high… Read more »

Research Wrap-Up: Recently Published Studies-March 8

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Check out recently published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics: Brunborg, G. S., et al. (2011). The relationship between media use in the bedroom, sleep habits and symptoms of insomnia. J Sleep Res. Available online Feb 16. This study indicates that the use of computers and mobile telephones in… Read more »

Video Games: How much time is too much?

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Q: Is 15-20 hours per week too much time spent on video games–even if my son gets all A’s, and is involved with lots of other activities? Is gaming a good use of his downtime?
A: There is no magic number of appropriate gaming hours: The key is to ensure that gaming doesn’t get in the way of the other important activities of life—like homework, family meals, and sleep.

Do cell phones affect kids’ sleep?

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Q: My middle-schooler seems like a zombie during the day since we agreed to let her have a cell phone. What’s going on here?
A: Like most tweens and teens, your daughter probably uses her phone primarly as a platform for texting–thus, she may sleep with it on a nightstand or even under her pillow, just in case she receives…

Research Wrap-Up: Recently Published Studies- August 24

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New published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics: Gershoff, E. T.; Aber, J.L.; Ware, J. & Kotler, J.A. (2010). Exposure to 9/11 among youth and their mothers in New York City: Enduring associations with mental health and sociopolitical attitudes. Child Development, 81(4),1142–1160. The authors found that direct exposure to… 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 »