New research shows that parent-child TV viewing changes kids’ brain-body connection

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New research shows that without saying a single word, the mere presence of a parent while a child watches TV affects kids in a striking way—it changes their body’s physiological response to what’s on TV.

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Research shows that certain online behaviors can make kids more susceptible to cyberbullying

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This year was my 20th high school reunion. Because I now live so far from where I grew up, I could not attend. But even though I couldn’t be there, as I’ve thought about my time in middle school and high school over the last few months I’ve experienced many feelings. I feel old, of course. But I also realized that I don’t look at my high school years very fondly, and I think it might be because I was the victim of bullying. Continue reading “Research shows that certain online behaviors can make kids more susceptible to cyberbullying”

Guest post-Jean Rogers from Campaign for Commercial-free Childhood: Parents’ Nostalgia is a Great Marketing Tool

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When it comes to holiday gift purchases, marketers aren’t always looking at the children’s lists or checking them twice. Parents’ life-long, emotional attachment to brands also generates ca-ching!

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Engaging children in political discussions: The double-edged sword of negativity

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Sick of the negativity related to American politics? Me too. But research shows that when it comes to the “political socialization” of our children, a little negativity can go a long way.

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The making of a children and media research study

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One of my favorite TV shows is “How It’s Made.” The show gives an insider’s look at how some everyday products are made—mattresses, air conditioners, and the like. There’s even an episode about how composting toilets are made. It doesn’t get much more exciting than that! In the spirit of How It’s Made, today I’d like to offer an insider’s look at how media effects research involving children is made.

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