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Viral Social Media Challenges

With the growth and pervasiveness of social media, there has been a corresponding rise in the rapid, viral spread of “challenges” on various platforms. In a typical challenge of this sort, a user demonstrates an unusual or risky behavior, often in a video. The sensational or dramatic nature of these posts then results in more

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New articles on misinformation and youth

The internet has rapidly come to dominate news and information distribution in the twenty-first century, reaching every segment of engaged society. Misinformation, disinformation, and similar false and misleading content are increasingly everpresent risks in this environment, whether the topic is healthcare, politics, or any number of other issues. The study and understanding of how young

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Media, youth, and body image

With social media’s effects on youth in the headlines, the slow decline in the pandemic lingering on, and mental health care needs for children on the rise, the interactions of media and body image have rarely been more relevant. From parents to policy-makers, solid, evidence-based information is vital for understanding and addressing these complex effects.

Be a Health Literacy Hero!

You may be asking yourself, “What is health literacy, and what in the world is a health literacy hero?” In short, health literacy happens only when a patient (and/or caregiver), and a health care provider truly understand one another; when there are no lingering doubts and no questions left unspoken or unanswered. In reality, there

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

If you know a young person who has experienced bullying or cyberbullying, National Bullying Prevention Month is a great opportunity to share resources. PACER (Parents Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights), a non-profit parent training and information center, created National Bullying Prevention Month as a way to promote awareness of the issue. PACER provides a wealth

Children’s Food Choices and Media Research

September is National Fruits & Veggies Month (NFVM)®. NFVM is a health initiative that aims to help Americans, adults and children alike improve their health by increasing produce consumption. NFVM collaborates with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to educate consumers about the health advantages of fruits and vegetables, and to provide tips and tools