Update: How cute! Old Navy marketing starts girls on sexualization path as toddlers

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Michelle Cove, who is the founder of MediaGirls, a media literacy program in Brookline, Massachusetts, sent along this photo and comment, as a follow up to my previous post about Old Navy advertising. "Sexualizing girls early isn’t always about … [Read more...]

The unprecedented parenting challenges of our day

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Never before have parents had to "deliberately and consciously counter many of the dominant messages of their own culture." (A synopsis of a Must Read article for all parents of small children) One day, Gloria DeGaetano found herself with two … [Read more...]

Why we need more thoughtful examination of our media environment

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Two things in the news that parents need to be aware of: unsafe apps your child may be using, and ways media may be using your child. Companies are collecting information about your child for profit As schools hand out laptops and tablets and … [Read more...]

Why do students find media literacy courses more engaging than other programs?

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We know media literacy education is an effective strategy for helping to prevent adolescent tobacco use. But why? A recent University of Pittsburgh study sheds light on why a media literacy program was more effective than a control program that had … [Read more...]

Longitudinal study shows Media Literacy is a key tool in youth violence prevention

In the curriculum, students deconstruct images such as those on video game packaging

Today, some very positive and exciting news that I've been keeping from you for too long. A University of California at Los Angeles study found that Media Literacy is an effective approach to youth violence prevention and to reducing other negatives … [Read more...]

New York joins Massachusetts, introduces Media Literacy education legislation

Linda B. Rosenthal, New York Assemblymember, introduces Media Literacy bill

This seems like a good time to mention that the publisher of this blog is also founder of Media Literacy Now, an organization that is working to raise the national level of public discourse on Media Literacy by sparking legislative activity in each … [Read more...]

Inspiring toy ad for girls, just in time for holiday shopping season

The three girls in the ad, bored silly by pretty pink princess TV advertising, take action.

A few things about this ad: (see update, No. 4 item, below) 1. It's inspiring. Marketing does have an effect on all of us, but especially children. There are  many girls who are going to see this ad and be inspired to make cool stuff. Older girls … [Read more...]

Don’t miss: Boston film festival and media literacy workshops for youth

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This looks great! I'm going. Next weekend, November 1 to 3, if you are reasonably close to Somerville or Medford outside Boston, this looks like the place to be for kids 10 and over. Kathryn Dietz, Executive Director of Filmmakers Collaborative … [Read more...]

#BraveGirlsWant take back media campaign kicks off Friday

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If you are anywhere in or near New York City tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 11 – the second International Day of the Girl Child – get yourself and your daughters down to Times Square for the kick off of the Brave Girls Alliance campaign. They are … [Read more...]

Tablet computers, iPads in schools: Some answers, more questions

Out of the woods and soon, back to school with an iPad.

My son, PD, picked up his new iPad from his school yesterday. They are being distributed to all students going into the 9th grade at our suburban public school. A few months ago I posted here about my skepticism, and a fairly long list of … [Read more...]

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