Research Wrap-Up: Recently Published Studies-September 18, 2009

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Here is a list of recently published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics: Costello,  M.C., Reeder, S.,& Frain, M. (2009).The Relationship between body mass index and breakfast consumption, blood pressure, television viewing, and physical activity in African American and Asian American inner city children. Journal of the American Dietetic… Read more »

Why do different kids respond differently to media violence?

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Q: My boys, now 15 & 17, are so different. I’ve noticed that my two kids can watch the same violent programs and, depending on each child’s nature, they respond differently. Is it true that after viewing violent programs, some children will behave more aggressively while some children become more fearful? If yes, can you explain how that happens? Any chance that some children are not affected at all?
Answer from Dr. Michael Rich, The Mediatrician

How much TV is too much TV?

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Q: The television is a constant source of conflict in our house. I am always battling with my 2nd and 5th grade kids about how much TV they watch, but I’m not even sure what a good limit would be. How much TV is too much TV?

Who Needs Sleep?

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The amount of sleep children get appears to have declined in the past two decades, alongside significant changes in amount and type of media they use. According to a recent research brief published by the Kaiser Family Foundation, the relationship between these trends calls for more attention. The brief points out that, although much research… Read more »

Sleep Quality Declines: Is Media a Culprit?

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If you’re reading this post in the morning, you may be yawning as you try to down some coffee and wake yourself up from the precious few hours of sleep you got last night.  So, you won’t be surprised to learn that sleep quality and quantity is declining for adults; but did you know it… Read more »

3 Media Articles in November Pediatrics

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There are 3 media-related articles in the new issue of Pediatrics: Zimmerman and Christakis:  Associations Between Content Types of Early Media Exposure and Subsequent Attentional Problems See news article Conclusion:  "Preschool boys exposed to violent television — even cartoons — are more likely to become aggressive later in life." Christakis and Zimmerman:  Violent Television Viewing… Read more »