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6 Things to Consider When Monitoring Your Family’s Screen Time

  Kids today spend much of their time in front of a screen, be it a TV, computer, smartphone, or iPad.  Technology has many positive uses and can provide helpful information, but like anything else there needs to be a balance in how much time is spent using electronics. Here are six things to consider when monitoring […]

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Amount of Television Viewing in Early Childhood Negatively Impacts Later Functioning

A recent study in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine reports that early television exposure has negative effects on children’s functioning at follow-ups as late as fourth grade. Dr. Pagani and colleagues examined the influence of television exposure at 29 months and changes in exposure by 53 months on psychosocial, academic, and lifestyle characteristics in […]

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Sassy kids watching sassy TV

Have you heard?  Sassiness is in fashion among the 8 to 16 year old crowd.  Sarcasm, subtle insults and put-downs, and conversation stopping one-liners have become the conversational style not only in kids speaking to each other, but interacting with parents as well.  “Mom, you really don’t have to get out of the car when […]

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Mirror, Mirror, in the Brain

Most of the time, when a colleague or co-worker calls me over to watch a video on Youtube, my first thought is to look at the time length of the video so I’ll know how long I’ll spend with a quizzical look on my face.  But even I could not escape the hypnotizing cuteness of […]

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Media: Monster or Magician

Media influence on kids has become the subject of increased focus by parents, educators and health care professional.  <a href=”http://allpsych.com/journal/violentmedia.html”>New research</a> has named several areas of influence in which media content has a negative effect on children. Violence and aggressive behavior, sexual content, body image and self esteem and physical health and school performance were […]

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Simple Steps to Protect Kids Against Media Influence

Children and adolescents spend, on average, more than seven hours a day with media, including television, the Internet, social media, texting, movies, music and video games. Research has shown that children and teenagers are inundated with examples of risky behavior in the media, which can lead to the increased likelihood of early sexual activity, alcohol, […]

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TV and Video Game Time Associated with Psychological Problems

A recent study published in Pediatrics indicates that children who watch television or play computer games more than two hours a day have a higher risk for psychological problems.  This study examined over 1000 children between 10 and 11 years of age, they are given a questionnaire regarding their television and computer game time, emotional state, […]

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Sexual Media Influences Teen Decisions About Sex

The media recently reported that a popular clothing retailer has decided to reintroduce a catalogue that includes semi-nude, young models for distribution to their 18-years-and-older shoppers.  Parents of some online gamers have been shocked to discover that some popular games allow sexual dialogue and communication.  A popular youth star has been in the media spotlight […]

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