World Cup marred by the advertising on ESPN

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My nephew, 9 years old, was watching one of the early games of the World Cup when he came into the kitchen and asked his mother, “Can we go see The Purge?” "Is that a kids movie?" she asked. No he said. It's rated R. Then he said, “What does … [Read more...]

Gender stereotypes hurt boys, too

The Mask You Live In

Hyper-masculinity is the message. Who gets hurt? "Compared to girls, research shows that boys in the U.S. are more likely to be diagnosed with a behavior disorder, prescribed stimulant medications, fail out of school, binge drink, commit a … [Read more...]

Disney turns the heroine Merida into a sexy babe, sparks outrage

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The big news this week: Disney makeover of the brave and tough Merida into sexy vamp provokes outrage, and Disney dials it back. She loses the archery gear, and now she's got a sparkly, off the shoulder dress, a curvier body, and perfect, sexy … [Read more...]

M-rated video games cross-promoted with children’s building toys

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If Halo is rated M for mature game players only, then why the cross-promotion with Megabloks, intended for ages "8 and up"? Please watch this promotional video (or see screenshots below). Please note that the video includes the Xbox logo. How … [Read more...]

Research on children, youth and television

Monster High has been called out for portrayals of bullying

Catching you up on several important recent studies: Monster High has been called out for bullying Portrayals of bullying on children's television is shockingly high A study published in the Journal of Communication looking at … [Read more...]

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