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Media Health Effects: A Tool for Researchers

The explosion of digital technologies in the 21st Century has not only transformed the ways in which we learn, communicate, and live, but also created a public need for evidence-based answers on how we can mindfully incorporate media and technology into our lives. Adolescents between the ages of 13 and 17 use screen media for almost 9 hours per day, and school aged children are spending nearly 6 hours per day with their devices.1 Even younger children are commonly using media, with 90% of children using media before they turn 1.2 Media-related health and well-being issues such as video game addiction, pornography use, cyberbullying, and more are often addressed using a personal values-based approach as opposed to basing decisions on the extensive scientific evidence base that exists—whether it be positive or negative. As a result, we are seeking funding to support the development of Media Health Effects, a free and publicly available website translating the scientific evidence behind how media and technology affects health, available for all stewards of children, adolescents and young adults. This project will increase awareness use of NLM information resources. Article citations will link to their corresponding record in PubMed, thus promoting a core NLM resource. It will also strengthen communications and connectivity for health, i.e. infrastructure. By creating a new and robust vector for real, evidence-based research to reach and be understood by a broad audience, Media Health Effects will serve as a bridge between the intended research audience and wider populations, including the general public.
Identify any specific population(s) this project will serve: 
Adults
Children
Behavioral/Social Determinants of Health
Identify roles of participants this project will serve: 
Data resource or tool developer
Data scientist
Health care provider
Researcher
Project Lead:
Jill R. Kavanaugh
Funding Source: 
NER
Project Funding:
Federal Fiscal Year: 
2019
Funding Amount: 
$10000
Funding Period:
May 1, 2019 to Apr 30, 2020
Project Status:
Awarded

Activities

Activity Report: July 2019
Activity Description:
The month of July was spent working on content. Three more research guides have been completed: Social Media and Body Image; Vaping, Advertising, and Teens; and Music and Health. As a result, we have hit our goal of having 7 research guides for launch. In regards to citations, 120 more citations have been catalogued, bringing us closer to our goal of 1,000 completed by October 16.
Activity Dates:
08/01/2019
Activity Type:
Technology
Partner Organization(s):
Boston Children's Hospital (Member Organizations)
Achievements:
Milestone Start date End Date Implementation of the website's design 05/01/19 06/12/19 Done! Complete 5 research guides 05/01/19 07/10/19 Done! Finalize the website's import tools and administrator interface 06/12/19 07/10/19 Done! Finish curating and organizing 1,000 citations for the database 06/12/19 10/16/19 In process Finish populating the website with all content and polish