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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Just a toy? No.

How many times have I read an article criticizing stereotyped toys and toy marketing followed by a bunch of comments to the effect that "Relax, it's just a toy." What these misguided commenters fail to understand is the importance of play to … [Read more...]

Questions about tablet computers, or iPads, in schools

Update Aug 21: See part two here. This concept of having tablet computers for every student in a grade or an entire school is one that I've been wondering about. And now that my own school is considering having iPads for every ninth grader, I've … [Read more...]

Reflecting on terrorism, connection and media

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When the news reached us, we were on the West Coast, near the beach. Then, the messages came - by text, Twitter, Facebook and email. “Are you ok?” A friend of mine is serving in Afghanistan right now. Even she sent a concerned email last week. … [Read more...]

What can I do to help protect all children from harmful media messages?

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I spent last weekend at a conference full of energetic and committed people working to protect children from corporate marketing practices that harm children’s health and well-being for profit.  It was the 8th international Consuming Kids Summit in … [Read more...]

Vote today in the bad toy contest

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It’s the TOADY. I do enjoy this annual contest, to select the worst toy of the year, as a counterpoint to the Toy of the Year award – the TOTY – which is sponsored by the toy industry. Sometimes the choices in both contests are strikingly … [Read more...]

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