Is playing violent video games a healthy way to deal with tragedy?

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Q: My nephew and niece’s mother died due to a tragic accident. She was shot by her 13-year-old son. How can I tell if they are dealing with this tragedy in a healthy way? He continues to play violent video games with graphic shooting and killing people. Is this normal behavior?
Answered by Dr. Michael Rich, The Mediatrician

Research Toolbox: Studies on Media and HIV/AIDS

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According to United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (Unaids) there are now 33.4 million people living with HIV, including 2.1 million children. To celebrate World AIDS Day 2009, we selected a list of studies which evaluate the impact of sexual, HIV and AIDS media messages on children and teens’ health: Lemal, M. & Van den Bulck,… Read more »

Research Wrap-Up: Recently Published Studies

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Here is a list of recently published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics: Brandtzæ, P.B.;  Staksrud; E.,  Hagen; I. &  Wold, T. (2009). Norwegian children's experiences of cyberbullying when using different technological platforms. Journal of Children and Media, 3(4), 349-365. The study examines whether children's experience of cyberbullying differs… Read more »

Research Toolbox: Upcoming Conferences

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Save the dates! To help you keep track of relevant conferences and events, here is a list of upcoming conferences from around the world that may be of interest: Conferences-Updated The Impact of Media and New Technologies on Languages, December 7-9, 2009, Minya, Egypt. Is Food Marketing to Children Getting Any Healthier? December 14, 2009,… Read more »

Research Wrap-Up: Recently Published Studies: November 13, 2009

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Here is a list of recently published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics: Bell, R.A., Cassady, D., Culp, J., Alcalay, R. (2009). Frequency and types of foods advertised on Saturday morning and weekday afternoon English- and Spanish-Language American television programs. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 41(6), 406-413. This… Read more »

Research Wrap-Up: Recently Published Studies- October 9, 2009

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Here is a list of recently published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics: de Bruijn, G.J. & van den Putte, B. (2009). Adolescent soft drink consumption, television viewing and habit strength: Investigating clustering effects in the Theory of Planned Behaviour. Appetite, 53(1), 66-75. This study explores adolescent soft drink… Read more »

Research Toolbox: Recently Published Books

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  Here is a list of recently published titles of interest on the topics of children, media, and health: Examining Identity in Sports Media by Heather L. Hundley and Andrew C. Billings (2009) This book investigates how various identity groups are framed, treated, affected, and shaped by a ubiquitous sports media, including television, magazines, film,… Read more »

The Cell Phone License

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What should kids know about cell phones to be treated as competent members of cyber society? I’d like to suggest the development of a home-based, family administered and supported “cell phone license.“

The Mediatrician Asks YOU a Question!

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Do your family’s media habits change as the kids head back to school? How are your habits different from those in the Summer? Do you purposely make an attempt to change things or do they just change on their own as a result of a more structured schedule?