Composition 300, Colorado State University

Annotated Bibliography

Section by Greg Foley

  • Marbin Miller, C, & Caputo, M. (2010, April 30). Effort to protect children from overmedication fails. Retrieved from
    • Summary
      • The Miami Herald writes about a bill that was on the docket in Florida that did not pass, which aimed to reduce overmedication of children, especially in relation to psychiatric medications. Politicians on both sides of the aisle fought for, and against, the bill which some politicians wouldn’t even hear and said that regulation was not necessary in these areas. This comes after several children have died due to over medication.
    • Reflection
      • I felt that this article fit very well with my topic and what we’re looking at. It is a great example of how society today views medication, and how those we have elected view it as well. In the article, it also mentions medication being used as a method of controlling behavior, which is exactly what it is. By altering the mental state of the child physiologically, the child can be more easily controlled and present fewer behavioral difficulties to the parents. However, although better behaved, complications can arise from these medications including threats of suicide
  • McGarty Webb, M. (2010, November 10). Kids and cell phones: is it right? if so, when and how?. Retrieved from
    • Summary
      • This article from the Greenwich Citizen speaks to the prevalence of cell phone usage among young children. It examines both sides of the fence on cell phone usage, interviewing parents and children who both have cell phones, and have limits on cell phone usage. Where some parents see it as a convenience to let their kids have the phones, others see it as something that they are able to have because they are more mature or that all the other kids have them. It also speaks to the immense cell phone usage an texting trend that is going on amongst young people
    • Reflection
      • This article is very good at highlighting both the pros, and cons of cell phone usage and doing this through first hand experience. The article speaks to the dangers of cell phones and the ability for them to be misused, especially by young children, but that there are multiple ways to approach the usage and regulate against misuse.
  • “Medicating Children.” Video Library – The New York Times. Web. 4 Oct 2010. <;.
    • Summary
      • This video produced by the New York Times highlights the issues surrounding medication of children for behavioral and attentional disorders such as ADHD. The video shows both sides of medication and how it can both help, and hurt, those children who use it. It also shows how different families respond differently to the use of the medication.
    • Reflection
      • This video was one that we used earlier in class and I had used previously for a paper in this class as well. Because it falls right in line with what I am researching for this project and is a very well put together and powerful video, I felt that it would be appropriate again to include it in this setting. This video does a very good job of explaining the medication, its effects and side-effects, and how different children and families react to using it.
  • Milani, L., Osualdella, D., & Di Blasio, P. (2009). Quality of interpersonal relationships and problematic Internet use in adolescence. CyberPsychology & Behavior12(6), 681-684.
    • Summary
      • Authors of this study investigated the correlations between internet usage and usage with interpersonal relationships and coping strategies in Italy. It was found that 36.7% of participants in the study showed signs of problematic internet usage including poor coping skills and interpersonal relationships.
    • Reflection
      • Although a foreign study, I feel that this article really shows how children today are becoming addicted and reliant on the internet, and how that is having an effect on their lives. Also, being a recent study, it reflects back well what modern adolescents are dealing with on the internet with modern technology and websites. Using a scientific approach with several scales also helps to look at many different factors giving insight into this area.
  • (2010, February 15). Five billion people to use phones in 2010. Retrieved from
    • Summary
      • Over five billion people are expected to be using cellular telephones by the end of 2010 says the International Telecommunications Union. This is especially seen as an increase in areas of developing nations where cell phones can provide help with medications and banking, in addition to the recreational and convenience aspects.
    • Reflection
      • This article does not highlight the doom-and-gloom of cell usage, but instead presents the numbers as rising very rapidly, not only in Western nations, but around the world. With vastly increasing numbers of cell phones in the hands of adults, this means that they will also increase in the hands of children in other areas, just as they did in Western countries. Cell phones are quickly becoming a useful tool for people of all walks of life in many different situations globally.
  • Roberts, E.J. (2006, October 8). A rush to medicate young minds. Retrieved from
    • Summary
      • Written by a child & adolescent psychiatrist, A Rush to Medicate Young Minds speaks to the overwhelming increase of the diagnosis and treatment of childhood psychiatric conditions. The author talks about how these issues have become overwhelmingly prevalent over the recent years and how, although diagnostic techniques have improved, it is often easier to tell parents that their child has a mental disability and prescribe drugs rather than get them to change their parenting techniques.
    • Reflection
      • I feel that this article is very relevant to the audience we are targeting and the points that we would like to get across. Oftentimes, prescribing medication might be the easiest route, but also a dangerous route that shouldn’t be preferred. Instead of improving parenting skills to improve their children, parents seem to be moving to seeking outside quick-fix helps, which in this society is becoming more common with everything (i.e., get-rich-quick schemes, quick-fix dieting, online schooling, etc.)
  • Child development and the internet. (2002). Retrieved from
    • Summary:
      • Offering points on both the positive and negative effects of internet usage on children, this study looks at how the internet effects the person physically, mentally, and socially. Positively, the internet is able to improve children’s physical motor control and eye-hand coordination abilities. It is also able to improve problem solving capabilities and give information to children in an easy manner. Likewise, it can facilitate healthy social interaction as well. On the other side of the coin, virtual manipulation does not have the same effect as physical manipulation of objects and informational fatigue can set in. Also, children have a harder time discerning between what is real and false and writing becomes more casual rather than academic. Socially there can also be consequences with less time being spent in interactions with others and negative interactions with content such as pornography.
    • Reflection
      • I thought that this was a great, brief, blog article. It offered good sources on both sides for internet usage and provided the reader with the information needed to recognize arguments for both sides and defend either / or. This article fits very well with this study as it shows how the internet can be used for great benefit, or to great detriment.

One response

  1. graceeh

    Greg, Great job on finding sources! Your layout looks great and is very organized!

    November 12, 2010 at 8:16 pm

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