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Today is World Television Day, a UN-recognized observance day. The UN recognizes television as a tool for global communication and as a method for shining light on conflict and peace, as well as other economic and social issues. CMCH observes World Television Day 2012 by highlighting some of the studies in our database on television watching in children and teens.

  • A 2012 study assessed teens' motivations for watching reality television and found that the viewers sought entertainment, compelling characters, realism, humor, and competition most.
  • Researchers in Germany took a look at media violence and its connections with aggression in teens. They then followed it with a media literacy intervention.
  • A 2009 study looked at whether mass media use increased youth social capital or led to pessimism.
  • What happens when children view media about real-world violence? Researchers looked at parental mediation after a violent news event and found that kids who were used to watching news media coped better with the aftermath of viewing coverage of an assassination.
  • Engagement with media can sometimes lead to more civic engagement. A 2011 study looked at connections between adolescents' use of news media, parent mediation, and civic participation.
  • What areas of children and Internet use are most covered in news media? This 2009 study compared news coverage in European nations.

Looking for more studies on children, media, and health? Check the CMCH database.

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