Media can provide a positive influence, if there is a profit in it

An interesting study that follows the same theme described in my last article and set of tweets: The media can be used for good, if the message itself is positive. Previously I wrote about the FDA using a marketing barrage to make the point that perhaps kids can be influence via commercials to turn away from smoking cigarettes. This article suggests a similar tactic in the national battle against childhood obesity. Continue reading

Are children fascinated by gun violence?

A short but telling article regarding an interview of a doctor specializing in public health and children. She makes three very interesting points and clarifies how this cluster of factors weave together to create problems for children in American society. Continue reading

Social media can be a major source of peer pressure

A recent study done by social scientists at USC shows how clearly kids are impacted by involvement with social media engines like Facebook and MySpace. Essentially we are dealing with peer pressure to an exponential power. Continue reading

American Academy of Pediatrics may be behind the times

A thought-provoking article about the recently updated official position of the American Academy of Pediatrics on children and the media. As the author points out, the AAP remains in the position of actively recommending no television viewing for kids under age 2 even though most of these kids are already watching a lot of TV. So the position of the AAP seems out of touch with reality. Continue reading

More comments on “Media reinforce fears”

Although I’ve posted about this article before, I have a few more thoughts about it. Quite a valuable article that approaches from a different slant the issue of media violence and its connection with real life violence. Whereas many media researchers approach the matter head-on and attempt to study the connection directly and others have approached the matter from the point of media violence leading to desensitization and then positing that desensitization to violence enhance the potential for real life violence, the author of this article works from the well-documented causal connection between media violence and enhanced fear in the viewer. Continue reading

Research is showing that media and real-world violence are related

An interesting piece about how the Institute of Medicine is driving research on the interplay of media violence and gun deaths further than ever before. Though the IOM does acknowledge that there is certainly a correlation between exposure to media violence and real life violence generally, connecting this media violence to gun violence is more specific and therefore problematic. Continue reading

ADHD diagnosed in 18 times as many kids in the US, compared to France

An article worth reading more than once in order to understand its deeper implications. The idea is that French child psychiatrists and therapists tend to diagnose Attention Deficit Disorder much less frequently than their American counterparts. The percentages are over 9% versus .5%. That is, American children are diagnosed with ADD about 18 times as frequently! This is a staggering statistic. Continue reading

Screen time is also snack time

A worthwhile article that makes some well-known points, if with a few new twists. Another academic center has done research on kids and measured the connection between screen time and obesity. Only they’ve added in a new idea: contrasting the outcome of reading time versus screen time. The outcome: kids definitely do better in terms of weight if they read rather than veg in front of the tube. Continue reading

Too much screen time is actually bad for your health

A fabulous article, one worth reading and re-reading. A research psychologist at UNC draws some interesting societal conclusions that grow out of solid psychological research. It seems that too much screen time can be quite detrimental to the health of your heart. Continue reading

Media influence is a nuanced issue that may never be settled

A very valuable look at the state of play involving violence and the media and its effects on kids. As the author rightly points out, most issues in social science are never truly “settled” in the same way that Newton’s three laws or Einstein’s law of relativity have become settled laws of physics. Rather, he declares that the prevailing theory is that media violence does have negative impacts on children’s proclivity toward violence. Continue reading