Q: My boyfriend and I just had a beautiful baby boy. He is a month old. I like to leave the TV on even if he is sleeping so that I can stay awake. I was hoping that the noise would be good for him and that it would keep me awake while he sleeps…. Read more »
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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 »
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 »
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.
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…
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 »
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 »
Q: My friend’s child gets up in the middle of the night to play video games and she isn’t concerned about it at all, but it makes me worried. Should I say something or mind my own business?
Q: My 12-year-old son wanted a PS3, partly as a birthday gift and partly out of money he’s saved. This was to replace his PS2 because some of the games he wanted were not available for PS2. His PS2 is in his room on a non-cable hooked up TV so that all of his approved,… Read more »
Q: In order to teach my daughter about stranger danger, I told her the news story about Elizabeth Smart’s kidnapping. Now she’s too scared to sleep. What can I do?
Answered by Dr. Michael Rich, The Mediatrician®