Author: Annie Cardi

Facebook and Twitter: How much social networking is too much?

michaelrich_small1-198x300Media expert Michael Rich, MD, MPH, director of the Center on Media and Child Health at Children’s Hospital Boston, answers your questions about media use. Last week, he gave advice on how to handle playdates that involve age-inappropriate video games.

And now, here’s this week’s Ask the Mediatrician query:

Q: We feel “webbed out” of our teenage son’s electronic social life. Are you aware of studies tracking the psychological impact that technologies like Facebook and Twitter have on developing “normal” social skills?
Shut out by Social Networking in Manchester, MA

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Health headlines: Bone health, music and secondhand smoke

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Misinformation from the media on infants' sleeping positions

Just getting a baby to sleep can seem like a success. But improper sleeping positions can be dangerous. An upcoming study in Pediatrics reveals that many pictures of infants in parenting magazines feature unsafe sleeping environments, potentially putting children at risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Michael Rich, MD, MPH, director of the Center on Media and Child Health at Children’s Hospital Boston, spoke with ABC News about this issue, urging parents to get accurate information about infant sleeping.

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Health headlines: Seizures, service dogs and autism

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