Can media use cause teens to be unhappy with their bodies and contribute to eating disorders?

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Es En Espanol Q: You have mentioned research showing that using certain media can make teens sad and/or anxious and that there are also studies linking negative feelings to unhealthy eating habits. Therefore, do you think that negative feelings resulting from teens’ media use, as opposed to real-life events, can lead to unhealthy eating behaviors? ~  Starving for… Read more »

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 »

Latest Studies Added to the CMCH Database of Research

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Check out some of these studies recently added to our database of research. Lin, M.P., et al. (2011). Prevalence and psychosocial risk factors associated with internet addiction in a nationally representative sample of college students in Taiwan. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 14(12), 741-746. Do young people with Internet addiction also have psychological problems? Lyndon,… Read more »

Latest Studies Added to the CMCH Database of Research

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We're hard at working adding new studies on media and child health to our database of research. Check out some of the latest! Bruce, A.L., et al. (2012). Brain responses to food logos in obese and healthy weight children. The Journal of Pediatrics, 162(4), 759-764. This study found that when presented with food icons, obese… Read more »

Connections in News, Media, and Research: Teen Read Week Edition

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In honor of Teen Read Week (October 14-20), we are highlighting some recent news and studies available in our database that are related to children/adolescents and literacy, reading, books, and magazines. The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) sponsors Teen Read Week and has a website that will let you learn more about it, whether… 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 »

Media in the Media – News We’re Following

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While these aren't exactly research studies that we publish in our database, we think these newly published news articles, innovative games and websites, and other news might be of interest to you. They say generation Y is all about the Internet, but data shows that these people (those born from 1979-1989) bought the most books… Read more »

Research Wrap-Up: Recently Published Studies-Feb 14

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Check out these recently published titles of interest on the topics of children, media, and health: Christofides, E., Muise, A., & Desmarais, S. (2012). Risky disclosures on Facebook: The effect of having a bad experience on online behavior. Journal of Adolescent Research. Available Online January 17.  This study found that participants who experience negative consequences are… Read more »