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...]

#BraveGirlsWant take back media campaign kicks off Friday

BGA flashmob dance

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...]

More social action news: Collaborating for positive messages for girls

Merida

The sexy Merida transformation sparked outrage, and now it has sparked something positive. Activists in the fight against sexualization of girls have formed the Brave Girls Alliance to work for healthy media images and messages for girls. The … [Read more...]

Art inspired by marketers who unfairly target children

"Touch-Me-Not"

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...]

Save the world with video games?

JaneMcGonigal

Ever since PD started learning to program, he's been planning his video game company. This weekend, I told PD I wanted to watch a talk about video games with him, but he was reluctant, saying "It's just going to say video games are terrible." And I … [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...]

Where in the world is Jane? New research finds strong female characters missing from children’s shows

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Do you love Geena Davis? She’s putting her time, and presumably her money, into the cause of gender fairness in media. Take a look at this delightful new PSA created by her organization, the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. New … [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...]

Teen filmmakers win at film festival

Vanessa O'Connor plays Sofia in the film "Lies and Ties"

Positive media and media literate students. That’s our goal, right? That’s why I am pleased to relaunch the blog with this inspiring story. Reading High School senior Vanessa O’Connor, along with her team, Violet Tacito of Reading High and Anna … [Read more...]

Movie review: Brave – Funny, wise, original. Bring the kids.

Princess Merida

Princess Merida in my own backyard? My 13-year-old son, PD, asked me if I thought the movie Brave would pass the Bechdel test. I said, “Let’s go and find out.” We grabbed 16-year-old son, RL, as we headed out the door. It was such a great … [Read more...]

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