For many of us, we knew we were officially teenagers when we got our first cell phones. Instead of a license to drive, it was a license to social life, friendship, different forms of entertainment, and privacy from parents. But is this necessarily a good thing? Over the past decade, professors, researchers, and parents alike … Continue reading How Texting Affects Adolescent Behavior: A New Study By Sarah Coyne
Who’s your favorite superhero? Batman? Thor? Wonder Woman? In our modern society, we have a variety of caped crusaders to root for, all with varying powers and abilities. However, they do have one trait in common: they are defenders. Our media is inundated with images of these heroes saving people, cities, and countries. Through them, … Continue reading Do Superheroes Make Children Better Defenders? Dr. Coyne’s Study Says No.
Family, festivities, fun—Christmas is one of the most widely celebrated holidays. It is is traditionally a time when families reunite to celebrate the birth of Christ and give each other presents. However, many of us are college students living far from home. How can we celebrate Christmas away from our families? 1. Connect with Friends … Continue reading How to Celebrate Christmas if You’re Away from Home
In today’s world, many parents, educators, and policymakers are asking whether video games are good or bad for children and adolescents. Indeed, it’s a topic experts have studied and talked about here on more than one occasion, agreeing, for the most part, that violent video games and media are linked to aggressive and violent behaviors … Continue reading Screen Violence and Youth Behavior: New Questions
Media and technology can be a blessing, but when they negatively impact family relationships in the home, they can quickly become a curse. In a society where media is present in most aspects of our lives, individuals should be informed on how media use influences their relationships and decisions and how they can manage this … Continue reading Learn How to Recognize and Monitor Media’s Impact in Your Home at an Upcoming Event
Parents naturally want to protect their children from harm. When that harm comes in the form of cell phones, computers, video games, or any form of media, however, due to media’s ubiquitous nature, protecting your children may become a full time job. BYU School of Family Life professors Dr. Sarah Coyne and Laura M. Padilla-Walker … Continue reading Moms Monitoring Media: Does it Help?
If you compare yourself with others while on social media, you are not alone; such comparisons are fairly common. But if you’re a mother making those comparisons,the likelihood that you’ll feel worse as a result of them is increased, according to a recent study published in Computers in Human Behavior, and the number of people … Continue reading Social Media Comparisons and Motherhood: All Too Common
It can easily be argued that video games will never go away. Gamers generated $630 million in revenues last year in the U.S. and will generate $99.6 billion in revenues worldwide this year, according to the Global Games Market Report. While this may be to the chagrin of some parents, to more and more of … Continue reading Video Games Can Make Brothers Cooperate Better: A Study
Does a night at home binge-watching a Netflix series, constantly refreshing your Facebook feed, or trying to advance to the next level of your video game affect your social prowess? A recent study argues that media choices can affect the likelihood of experiencing social withdrawal. BYU‘s Drs. Larry Nelson and Sarah Coyne , of the School … Continue reading Media: Does it Cause Social Withdrawal?
“Bullying” is a term usually applied to older children and teenagers, but it can apply to younger ones as well. While preschoolers are known to have their occasional tantrums, for some, it can become a behavioral pattern. Some researchers have assumed that those who do tend to bully or act out are socially neglected. Some … Continue reading Do Preschoolers Bully?