Sunday, December 19, 2010

A great presentation on media and child health

Michael Rich MD, MPH has put together a great power point presentation entitled "Finding Huck Finn: Reclaiming Childhood from the River of Electronic Screens." Dr. Rich is a researcher at Harvard's Center on Media and Child Health. You can access his presentation by simply by conducting a google search using the tittle of his paper.

This presentation offers an incredible array of data on social media in the life of a child/teen and then offers practical solutions the cyber/gaming/TV dependence and addiction.

For example: research has shown that exposure to media violence contributes to anxiety, fears, nightmares and even post traumatic stress disorder! Media Violence also produces a gradual desentization to violence and increased aggression.

Did you know: 8 to 18 year olds use media 7 hours and 38 minutes per day on average -- plus another 1 hour and 35 minutes texting?

Did you know: 8 to 18 year olds in the United States spend one quarter of their media time using multiple media? With multitasking children/teens are exposed to 10:45 hours of media content per day!

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