Video Game Violence Goes Straight to Kids’ Heads

by HealthDay News | Forbes | November 28, 2006

In a study released this week, researchers used fMRI technology to view people’s brains while they played violent video games. The researchers found that these games simultaneously increased activity in the emotional response center and decreased activity in the regions dedicated to self-control.

“This is early evidence for a biological change supporting other research on violent video games,” said Dr. David Bickham
, Staff Scientist at CMCH.

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Debate Erupts Over Video Game Rating System

by John Reinan | Minneapolis Star Tribune | October 21, 2006

Director of CMCH, Dr. Michael Rich
, attended the National Video Game Summit in Minnesota on October 20-21st. Participants of the summit included researchers and
representatives of the video game industry, who disagreed about whether the video game ratings system protects children from violent and sexually explicit content.

Many researchers object to ratings being assigned by the makers of video games, while the video game industry says their system is used by parents and none of them are complaining about it.
The key to solving the problem, says Dr. Rich, is “to reframe this as a health issue, not as a moral issue.”
Read the full article at Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Pediatricians Criticize Use of TV’s in Hospital

by Barbara Meltz | The Boston Globe | October 16, 2006

Boston Globe parenting columnist Barbara Meltz presents an interesting question: When the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no television for
children under the age of 2, should children’s hospitals have televisions widely available to patients in that
age group? Director of CMCH, Dr. Michael Rich
, offered his thoughts on the debate.

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Young children targeted by high-fat food ads

by CBS-4 News | CBS-4 News | October 2, 2006

A study published in the October issue of Pediatrics examined food advertising in 50 hours of television aimed
at preschoolers. Researchers found that most advertisers focused on creating lifelong brand-loyalty rather
than generating immediate sales.

Director of CMCH, Dr. Michael Rich
, was interviewed about this study on CBS-4 News in Boston.

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Mom vs. the Machines

by Amy Alexander | The Washington Post | September 17, 2006

Many people feel ambivalent about the technology their kids use today. While an understanding of the technology is essential for success, some technology may bring unintended effects.

Writer Amy Alexander talks to Dr. Michael Rich
, Director of CMCH, about the current technological atmosphere:

“‘This is the huge dilemma we’ve carved out for ourselves. We need to be able to use this technology thoughtfully, rather than just using it because it’s there,’ Rich said. ‘Use it actively, get out of it what is most useful to us, then turn them off.'”

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CAMRA Passes by Unanimous Consent!

by Brian Hart, John Rankin | Standard Newswire | September 14, 2006

In May 2004, Senators Evan Bayh (D-IN), Hillary Clinton (D-NY), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Rick Santorum (R-PA) introduced the Children and Media Research Advancement Act (CAMRA), which
authorizes federal funds for the study of the effects of electronic media on children’s development.

When this bill was first introduced, it was endorsed by many organizations including CMCH, the Children’s Digital Media Center, Children Now, the American Psychological Association, and Common Sense Media.

On September 14, 2006 the bill passed by unanimous consent in the Senate.

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CMCH Director and Staff to Present in Marblehead, MA

by Jennifer Miller-Morse | Marblehead Reporter | September 7, 2006

On February 7, 2007, Dr. Michael Rich, Director of CMCH, will speak to faculty and parents in Marblehead, MA and surrounding areas about raising kids in a media-saturated world in a talked titled
“Keeping Teens Healthy and Safe in the Information Age.”

During the two days surrounding Dr. Rich’s talk, Dr. David Bickham and Brandy King will present workshops about body image and the media to students in local schools.

These talks are organized and sponsored by a group called TeamUp! Marblehead, aimed toward addressing current teen issues with all 3 levels of the community at once:
parents, faculty, and the students themselves. This year’s slate of programs includes 7 speakers on such topics as substance use, youth sports, media use, and social cruelty.
Read the full article at Marblehead Reporter.

Is TV Socially Isolating?

by Children's Hospital Boston | Dream | September 1, 2006

A study
conducted by Dr. David Bickham, Staff Scientist at CMCH, and
Dr. Michael Rich, Director of CMCH, tried to determine
the relationship between television viewing and social interaction in young children.

The study results revealed that for children ages 6-12-years-old more time spent watching violent television
was related to less time engaged in other activities with friends. In addition,
more time spent coviewing television with friends was related to more time engaged in other activities with friends.

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Carnal Knowledge — Hazardous for Kids?

by Faye Flamm | Philadelphia Inquirer | August 27, 2006

Faye Flamm, author of the popular column “Carnal Knowledge” (a sex-themed column about the natural world and humanity’s place in it),
set out to find whether scientific research had anything to say about sexual information hurting children. Here’s what Dr. David Bickham
, Staff Scientist at CMCH, had to say on the topic:

“A recent study showed a strong correlation between teen sex and the degradation of women in popular music.
‘It goes along with the idea that it’s really about the context,’ said Bickham, who works out of the
Center for Media and Child Health, run by Harvard and Children’s Hospital Boston. But lyrics about
sex per se didn’t have the same effect. ‘If you tell kids sex exists, they’re not going to run out and have sex,’ he said.”
Read the full article at Philadelphia Inquirer.

Misogyny – Set to Music – May Alter Teen Behavior

by Amanda Paulson | Christian Science Monitor | August 8, 2006

A study in the August issue of Pediatrics has shown that the more teens listen to music with sexually degrading lyrics, the more likely they are to have sex earlier.

“This uses a more precise methodology than previous studies have, particularly around the issue of content,”
says Dr. Michael Rich
, Director of CMCH. “We as a society have lulled ourselves into thinking that if it’s entertainment it doesn’t affect us. There’s this artificial dichotomy we’ve drawn between education and entertainment – education is at school, and then
kids turn their brains off when they go home and listen to misogynistic lyrics.”

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