CMCH Director on CDC Panel

by Center on Media and Child Health | CMCH | April 27, 2006

On April 26-27, 2006, CMCH Director Dr. Michael Rich was part of the “Centers for Disease Control Expert Panel Meeting to Address Children, Television Viewing, and Weight Status.” Other members of the panel included: Co-chair Amy B. Jordan, Ph.D. Co-chair Thomas N. Robinson, M.D., M.P.H. Dimitri Christakis, M.D., Ph.D. Barbara […]

CMCH Director Joins PBS Think Tank on Children’s Media

by Jill Corderman | PBS | April 25, 2006

The PBS KIDS Next Generation Media Advisory Board was announced today by Lesli Rotenberg, Senior Vice President, PBS KIDS Next Generation Media. Created to help define the role public service media will play in the changing digital children’s media landscape, the Board will provide strategic counsel regarding content creation, distribution, business development, […]

Solo Viewing, Bad Endings

by Sandra G. Boodman | The Washington Post | April 11, 2006

“The kind of television shows children watch and whom they watch them with can be just as important as the amount of time they spend in front of the tube, researchers at Boston’s Children’s Hospital report in a new study that finds an association between violent shows and peer problems. Children who watch violent […]

Media Messages Harm Child, Teen Health

by Daniel DeNoon | WebMD Medical News | April 4, 2006

In a recent study on violent television and kids’ social lives, Dr. David Bickham , Staff Scientist at CMCH, came to two conclusions: The more time kids spend watching violent TV programs, the less time they spend with their friends. This isn’t true for nonviolent programs. The more time kids spend watching TV […]

Sesame Street DVDs Cause Debate

by Chris May and Lee McLaughlin | WHDH-TV Boston | April 4, 2006

There is much debate over a new DVD series released by Sesame Street creators. Here, Dr. Michael Rich , Director of CMCH, is interviewed about his view. » See Video of Interview

TV and Video Game Violence Harms Kids

by Health Day News | Forbes | April 3, 2006


This month’s issue of Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine is devoted to the topic of media and child health. One article, submitted by
researchers at CMCH, looked at the relationship between watching violent television and kids’ social development.


Dr. David Bickham
, Staff Scientist at CMCH, says he found that the more TV they watch, the less time they spend with their friends.

Read the full article at Forbes.

Violent Video Games Often Not Properly Labeled

by Reuters | The Washington Post | April 3, 2006

This month’s issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine focuses entirely on children and media. One study found that most video games rated “M” for mature actually contained more violent content than their packaging described. Another study in the journal focused on violence in television. CMCH Staff Scientist Dr. David Bickham , found […]

Kid Rock

by Paul Scott | The New York Times Magazine | April 2, 2006

“Few [entertainment] offerings for very young children seem to place much stock in real people singing and dancing. Not only are the Wiggles real, but they also bring to their calling a naturalness that feels increasingly uncommon in children’s entertainment, and it has paid off handsomely. Last year the former schoolteachers and […]

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