Common Sense Media: offers reviews and ratings for movies, television, video games, music CDs, books and Web sites. www.commonsensemedia.org

The Webonauts Internet Academy: a free, interactive online game designed to teach kids how to be safe and respectful online. www.PBSKIDSGO.org/webonauts

The Center for Media and Child Health: read the latest news and research on media and child health from a partnership among Children’s Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health. www.cmch.tv

PBS offers a series called Growing Up Online, which depicts teens as immersed in a virtual world about which their parents are largely unaware.  You can watch the full program and learn even more from this site.

Pew Internet and American Life Project: produces reports exploring the impact of the Internet on families, communities, work and home, daily life, education, health care, and civic and political life. www.pewinternet.org

Kaiser Family Foundation: offers research on media and health. www.kff.org/entmedia/index.cfm

Kids, Parents & Technology: A guide for young families” written by Skokie child psychiatrist Dr. Eitan Schwarz. A collection of his published articles on the subject can be viewed at www.mydigitalfamily.org

Entertainment Software Rating Board.  Learn about the video game rating system so that you can help your children play appropriate games. www.esrb.org

Information from the American Academy of Pediatrics on HealthyChildren.org

Children’s Hospital physician Mike Rich, MD, MPH is an expert on the use and misuse of media.  You can see some of his information here, including Ask the Mediatrician.

Here is a video of a friend of ours at Westwood Mansfield Pediatrics talking about consumerism.

 

A September 22, 2011 article in USNews discussed how some scientists are finding evidence that children who have less time to play, including outside play, may have more anxiety, depression, and other negative qualities.  Free play allows children to acquire basic competencies needed as they approach adulthood, including problem solving, decision making, and self control.

This is an interesting news article from about how SpongeBob may be harmful for the brains of children.