The Mediatrician’s holiday movie-watching tips

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The holidays can be a great time for families and friends to come together and watch a new or classic movie. This year, theaters are offering movie versions of popular children’s and young adult stories such as Frozen, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and The Hobbit:The Desolation of Smaug, while many TV stations and streaming… Read more »

Never learning violence.

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Dear Readers, Last week, the New York Times featured an article entitled “Unlearning Gun Violence”, which discussed the work of an epidemiologist who, after a decade of fighting TB, HIV, and cholera in Africa, returned to a life-threatening epidemic in his hometown of Chicago—violence.  He uses the same techniques that worked in Africa, teaching perpetrators and… Read more »

Studies Recently Added to the CMCH Database of Research

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What topics are researchers exploring about children, media and health? Check out the list below! Bellieni, C.V. et al. (2010). Distracting effect of TV watching on children’s reactivity. European Journal of Pediatrics, 169(9), 1075-1078. The authors studied different aspects of television to determine its level of distraction on a child’s ability to complete other tasks…. Read more »

Should apps be part of a library’s story time?

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Q: There is a discussion among children’s librarians about including tablets and apps in story times at the library for children ages 2-5 or even younger. The assumption is that apps can and should be one more type of material that supports early literacy development (vocabulary, narrative skills, letter knowledge, phonological awareness, etc.). Some think that… Read more »

Recently Added Studies on Children, Media, and Health

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Check out some of the latest studies added to the CMCH Database of Research. Borzekowski, D.L.G., et al. (2010). The role of Kilimani Sesame in the healthy development of Tanzanian preschool children. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 31(4), 298-305. The authors found that children who watched the Tanzanian production of “Sesame Street” exhibited prosocial behaviors,… Read more »

Recently Added Studies to the CMCH Database of Research

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Take a look at some of the studies we recently added to the CMCH Database of Research. Goldsmith, A.Y., et al. (2012). The cover story: What the book jacket of Adele Michin’s young adult novel. The Beat Goes On, communicates about HIV/AIDS. The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. This study analyzed a… Read more »