Advertising’s effect on kids: Children’s Christmas lists mirror TV advertisements

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It’s only July 1st, but soon enough the back-to-school store promotions will turn into Christmas decorations. Yes, we’re about to enter the season of advertising. And research shows that the season of advertising affects children right through the Christmas holiday.
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Improving children’s literacy through shared book reading

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I’ve read Green Eggs and Ham so many times that I can repeat it word for word. Same for Good Night Moon and Hop on Pop. My life would be infinitely better if I never have to see those books again! Research shows, however, that kids need the parent-child interaction that happens while reading books together.
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The Disney Princess study and the parenting conundrum

Unknown-1_0If you’ve been online this week you’ve likely seen the new study about Disney Princesses. Part of the study not being talked about presents an interesting challenge for parents.

When parents ask me how to help their kids best respond to media content, I usually tell them to start talking about the content, and to talk, talk, talk some more. I and my fellow co-authors on the aforementioned study wanted to see if that advice held true when dealing with Disney princesses.
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Research shows preschoolers who watch Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood develop social and emotional skills

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Parents, take heart. Not all TV is bad. New research finds that watching America’s favorite tiger can be good for your developing child.

You remember Mr. Rogers, don’t you? The red sweater. The shoes. The songs. Your kids may not know who he is, but they likely know who Daniel Tiger is. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is the animated descendant of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, and features children of several characters from the original Neighborhood of Make-Believe.
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What it means to be a girl, according to the media

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As if adolescence isn’t hard enough, new research shows that girls as young as 6 prefer provocative clothing and feel dissatisfied with their body. And once again, it looks like popular media is the culprit.
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Research shows watching Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood helps children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) overcome common skills deficits

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A new study by researchers at Texas Tech University shows that watching Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood may be especially beneficial to children with ASD.

Children with ASD often struggle with food selectivity (trying new foods) and transitioning away from preferred activities (stopping play when asked). And it just so happens that these are two skills taught in episodes of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. New research by researchers at Texas Tech University—to be published in an upcoming issue of Behavior Analysis in Practiceinvolved two 5-year-old boys with ASD (in the interest of full disclosure, I should note that I am a co-author on the research project).
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New research shows watching Dr. Phil can help families find mental health help

 

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Parents will do anything for their child, especially when they are suffering. But many people diagnosed with a mental illness, including children, fail to receive appropriate treatment — parents often just don’t know what to do to help their child. A new study suggests that watching The Dr. Phil Show just might give parents the tools they need to get on the phone or get online and look for the help their child needs.
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