Violent acts more prevalent among superhero film protagonists

Violent acts more prevalent among superhero film protagonists

Protagonists in superhero films committed 23 acts of violence per hour, compared with 16 per hour among antagonists, while violent acts more likely involved male characters, researchers reported at the American Academy of Pediatrics’ annual meeting. The findings, based on an analysis of 10 superhero-based movies released in 2015 and 2016, should prompt parents to view superhero films with their children, as well as discuss violence-related themes and conflict-resolution approaches with them, said researcher John Muller.

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Teens putting laundry detergent pods in their mouths in new online video challenge

USA Today (1/11, May) reports on the “dangerous new online challenge” in which teenagers “are putting laundry” detergent pods in their mouths, then posting online videos of themselves doing so. The practice is dangerous, because “swallowing even a small amount of the highly-concentrated detergent found in pods (which can happen if people bite it and spit contents out), can cause diarrhea and vomiting.” If the detergent were to “find its way into the lungs,” it could “cause breathing difficulties.” USA Today notes that last year, “poison control centers received reports of more than 10,500 exposures to highly concentrated packed of laundry detergent by children five and younger.” Teenagers or “adults who eat or even bite into the pods could also experience symptoms.”

Introducing the CDC Mobile App for Kids

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) website, BAM! Body and Mind, offers kids information to make healthy lifestyle choices—focusing on the body, diseases, food and nutrition, physical activity, safety, and stress. BAM! serves as a classroom aide for teachers providing them with interactive and fun activities for students that are linked to national education standards. The BAM! site features games and quizzes that are both educational and entertaining. Designed for tweens aged 9 to 12 years old.