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Media in the Media - News We're Following

Posted Aug 20 2012 12:00am

While these aren't exactly research studies that we publish in our database, we think these newly published news articles, innovative games and websites, and other news might be of interest to you.

  • They say generation Y is all about the Internet, but data shows that these people (those born from 1979-1989) bought the most books in 2011 . We hope that means they're reading them, too. Remember, reading books of any kind contribute to increased academic success, civic engagement, and more. That's something pediatricians should be happy about.
  • Ever heard of social essentialism? Researchers found that children who hear "generic language," like "Girls have long hair" or "Boys play rough," are more likely to grow up believing in stereotypes and essentialist ideas. Next time you're talking about healthy modeling with parents of your patients, you might want to talk about the language they're using.
  • Earlier this month, Psychology Today published a piece on what parents can do to encourage their daughters not to get pregnant young --you know, aside from just telling them not to. You might be surprised at how much influence a parent can have simply by telling their daughters they are proud of their academic accomplishments or taking an active role in their dating life.
  • Pew researchers consider the effect social media and mobile networking has on today's teens by looking at how it might have changed the lives of teens in the past. What would Juliet text to Romeo?
  • In case you missed it, a 14-year-old girl recently used Internet media, in the form of Change.org, a social change social site that allows you to make petitions and share them with changemakers, to get Seventeen magazine to make a promise not to photoshop the bodies of the models they use . It's great to see teens use media positively and effectively and to take initiative to effect change they want to see, and it might be even sweeter to see how much they realize that body image and self esteem have a lot to do with images online and in magazines.
  • This new app might encourage kids to spend more time on the iPad, but it does so by encouraging them to think about construction and mechanics by letting them build a virtual Rube Goldberg contraption.
  • Being a techie doesn't have to mean never getting outside or being overweight. If you're looking for a way to encourage your patients to be active without sacrificing their interest in computers or apps, or if you're a parent looking for positive role models for your tech-savvy and creative kids, take a look at this list of the 35 fittest people in tech .

Remember, if you're looking for reports and studies on these subjects and more, you can check the CMCH Database of Research .

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