Author Affiliations: Seattle Children's Hospital Research Institute, Center for Child Health, Behavior, and Development (Dr Christakis), and University of Washington, The Child Health Institute, JAMA Pediatrics (Dr Rivara).
In May of 2006, the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine (now JAMA Pediatrics) published a theme issue on children and media. At the time, our call for papers stressed that the media exerted broad and diverse effects on children of all ages. That is more true now than it was then, and, in fact, the media have evolved considerably in just 7 years. There were no tablets or smartphones in 2006, nor was there Twitter, and Facebook was in its infancy. The explosion of these new technologies and new platforms has created additional ways for children to be affected by media both positively and negatively, and it has also opened new avenues for reaching parents and patients and influencing health and health behaviors.
Christakis D, Rivara FP. Call for Papers for 2014 Theme Issue of JAMA PediatricsMedia, Technology, and Pediatric Health. JAMA Pediatr. 2013;167(6):583. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.2307