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

BIKF-Postcard

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

Message from Syria

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?

Kids need freedom to explore on their own

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

cell phone monkey

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...]

Screen time, Media Literacy and the preschool set

For young children, hands-on creative play is more important than screen time of any kind.

According to the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood, estimates of how much time preschoolers spend on average with screen media range from at least 2.2 hours to as much as 4.6 hours per day. That’s a lot. Today, I am alerting teachers and … [Read more...]

The ongoing great digital experiment on the brain development of children

Going to school

Recently, two organizations surveyed teachers to learn their opinions of how digital technologies and media are effecting students, both academically and socially. The results were fascinating and if you have the time, take a look at the reports, … [Read more...]

Violent airplane movies and traveling with children

This movie was playing on an airplane on which my children and others were passengers.

This is what US Airways thinks is ok for children of all ages to see while riding in its planes. That is someone's head he's got the gun held to. The movie contained this and many, many other images of violence. Also a provocatively dressed woman … [Read more...]

BOOK – Gender stereotypes: How boys are harmed by the media’s twisted portrayal of how to be a man

Book Review The Achilles Effect: What Pop Culture is Teaching Young Boys about MasculinityMy son picked up my copy of The Achilles Effect, by Crystal Smith, and started reading aloud about toy action figures that have bulked up to superhuman … [Read more...]

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