Art inspired by marketers who unfairly target children


A special treat today. Works of art, one a poem and one a mixed-media drawing/collage, that draw inspiration from a sense that children are unfairly targeted by marketers in our society. This is a work by Massachusetts mixed-media artist Edward … [Read more...]

Zero tolerance: Punishing children for being children

The movie Avengers was marketed heavily to young children.

Just after the 9/11 attack, a friend of mine watched a lot of television coverage. Then she noticed her 3-year-old child building Lego towers and flying little airplanes into them. Kids process their world through play. Also, they mimic what they … [Read more...]

One Billion Rising to demand an end to violence against women


(Warning: The pictures in this post are disturbing, and I would say that they should not be viewed by children, except that, the problem is children are seeing this kind of thing. You should know.) This international event is happening tomorrow. … [Read more...]

Time to learn how to create your own video games

PD produces a video game at Khan Academy

I told my 13-year-old son, PD, that if he was going to spend so much time playing video games, then he would have to learn how to program his own games. Because if there is one thing I have learned over two years of writing about the subject, Media … [Read more...]

What are the messages of our violent media culture?

Call of Duty, popular first person shooter video game among youth

In case you are confused by comments in the media this week: There is in fact no doubt about whether media violence contributes to real life violence and aggression, such as that seen in Newtown a few days ago. The preponderance of evidence, and … [Read more...]

Be aware that corporate marketers will seek access to your kids

Be aware that corporate marketers will seek access to your kids

Never, ever doubt that corporations are always on the lookout for creative ways to market to your child in any venue they can – especially if they can do it when you are not there. My kids have become alert reporters of inappropriate marketing to … [Read more...]


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