by Janice O'Leary | Harvard Medical Alumni Bulletin | March 1, 2006

“Decades of research have established that television and other screen media – movies, the Internet, and video games – constitute a powerful environmental influence on children’s health and development, according to the Center on Media and Child Health at Children’s Hospital Boston.”

Dr. Michael Rich
, Director of CMCH and Harvard Medical School alumnus ’91, “understands the powerful clutch media can have on the mind, especially the mind of a child. So well has research documented the connection between watching violence on television and aggressive behavior, he says, that the correlation is ‘stronger than those linking calcium with bone density and passive smoke with lung cancer.’”

Rich says that “parents and physicians need to be educated about the science. To this end, Rich has developed a website that offers a searchable database of all the multidisciplinary research on the health effects of using media. So far, his team has collected nearly 8,000 studies, already one-eighth of which browsers can search online.”

Read the full article at Harvard Medical Alumni Bulletin.


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