Recently Added Studies on Children, Media, and Health

Posted under Research Blog.

Check out these studies of interest on the topics of children, media, and health that were recently added to the CMCH database: Barroso, C.S., et al. (2011). Saturday morning television advertisements aired on English and Spanish language networks along the Texas-Mexico border. Journal of Applied Research on Children, 2(2), 1-22. This study analyzed food-related commercials… 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 »

The Good News about Children and Media in 2010

Posted under Ask the Mediatrician.

Q: It seems like all we ever hear about are the negative effects of media. What research has been done on using media in positive ways?
A: Indeed, studies in the past year indicate just how positive media can be for children and families when it is used in a controlled way, paying particular attention to its content and the context in which it is used.

Should I correct Thanksgiving stereotypes my kids see on TV?

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Q: My school-age kids have seen TV shows and movies that show inaccurate stereotypes of the first Thanksgiving—grateful Pilgrims and wild “Indians” and lots of peace and harmony. Is it my place to correct them?
A: If what your kids are learning isn’t in line with your understanding of the actual story of Thanksgiving, start a discussion about what they’ve heard, and consider guiding them through these concepts that add nuance and accuracy to their understanding.
Answered by Dr. Michael Rich, The Mediatrician®

How can I address racial jokes on TV?

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A: As you demonstrate you already know, humor around racism, sexism, discrimination or hate in any form tends to be very mature, and usually dark and painful…
Answered by Dr. Michael Rich, The Mediatrician®