Since moving, my teen son spends a lot of time connecting with his old friends through media instead of making new friends – what should I do?

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Q: Our family moved recently from the U.S. to Mexico for my husband’s job, and while most things have been transitioning smoothly, I am concerned that my 14-year-old son is spending too much time with screens and not enough time making friends. Since moving, he spends a lot of time Skyping or playing video games… Read more »

Youth and LGBTQ Representation on Television

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June is Pride Month, a month to celebrate diversity, promote equality, and acknowledge the rich and tumultuous history behind the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community. LGBTQ representation in the media can be controversial if it enforces stereotypes; however, positive representations of LGBTQ individuals can provide youth with role models and can encourage acceptance in… Read more »

Recently Added Studies on Children, Media, and Health

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Here are some studies that were recently added to the CMCH Database of Research. Behm-Morawitz, E., & Mastro, D.E. (2008). Mean girls? The influence of gender portrayals in teen movies on emerging adults' gender-based attitudes and beliefs. Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, 85(1), 131-146. This study found that teen movies imply a sense of normality… Read more »

Media in the Media – News We’re Following

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Here at CMCH, we're always finding news, websites, games, and other great stuff that promotes positive use of media, shows young people engaging with technology in creative ways, informs us of new studies underway, and highlights other items of interest to practitioners, researchers, parents, teachers, and advocates. Here are some of the things we're excited… Read more »

New studies in the CMCH Database of Research

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Check out these studies recently added to the CMCH database: Bergen, D., & Davis, D. (2011). Influences of technology-related playful activity and thought on moral development. American Journal of Play, 4(1), 80-99. Developmental psychologists and early childhood educators are often big proponents of play, as it promotes healthy social and behavioral development, as well as… Read more »

Research Wrap-Up: Recently Published Studies-Feb.21

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Check out these recently published titles of interest on the topics of children, media, and health: Isaksen, K. J. & Roper, S. (2012). The commodification of self-esteem: Branding and British teenagers. Psychology and Marketing, 29(3), 117-135.  This study found that adolescents appear to have a striking awareness of the role of branding, advertising, and peer pressure… Read more »

Research Wrap-Up: Recently Published Studies-June 7

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Check out recently published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics: Calado, M., Lameiras, M., et al. (2011). The association between exposure to mass media and body dissatisfaction among Spanish adolescents. Women's Health Issues. Available online June 5.  This study found that mass media exposure to a specific kind of… Read more »

Research Wrap-Up: Recently Published Studies-March 22

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Check out recently published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics: Levin-Zamir, D., Lemish, D. & Gofin, R. (2011). Media Health Literacy (MHL): development and measurement of the concept among adolescents. Health Education Research, 26(2), 323-335. The findings suggest that as a determinant of adolescent health behavior, this model of MHL… Read more »