A call to toy companies to stop marketing violence to children

M-Rated videos in the preschool aisle at Target

Here at Marketing, Media and Childhood, we love it when people take action. So I invited reader Catherine Cook of Denver to write a guest post about her petition to Mega Brands (owned by Mattel) to stop shelving toys based on violent video games in … [Read more...]

Houghton Mifflin brings execution horror into classrooms

If Houghton Mifflin's Channel One News really wanted children to see this image, why not edit it like I did? Was showing the knife to sixth graders that important?

"Houghton Mifflin's Channel One News makes the execution of James Foley the top news story for students down to the third grade. Picture of executioner holding the knife that beheads James Foley is shown to middle school students." Read more: … [Read more...]

World Cup marred by the advertising on ESPN

ThePurgeadduring worldcup3

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...]

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...]

Baby apps, teen films, Stride Rite, Marissa Mayer, female-centric media or lack thereof, media research, Miley and Robin

Marissa Meyer, Yahoo CEO, poses for Vogue

This week, a mish-mash of media readings.  First of all, I'm grateful to my friend Melissa Wardy of PigtailPals for putting together this discussion for parents about the Miley Cyrus performance on MTV's music video awards show this weekend. What … [Read more...]

Social action to change the media, Facebook version. Here’s how it can be done.

image via Women Action and the Media

THE Update: Yesterday evening, after I wrote the post below, there was an announcement that Facebook had agreed to work with the coalition of women's groups demanding that Facebook change its policies that allow rape joke pages and pages inciting … [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...]

More on rape culture

After Steubenville, there is a petition to ask the National Federation of High School Associations, which offers annual required trainings for coaches in order for them to remain accredited, to partner with nationally recognized activist … [Read more...]

Rape culture and media complicity

Steubenville verdict

Feeling too devastated to write today. Not enough that a 16 year old girl is raped, degraded and humilitated by high school star athletes who feel entitled to use her body as a plaything. Not enough that in this internet age, pictures and video … [Read more...]

Zero tolerance: Punishing children for being children

The movie Avengers was marketed heavily to young children.

Just after the 9/11 attack, a friend of mine watched a lot of television coverage. Then she noticed her 3-year-old child building Lego towers and flying little airplanes into them. Kids process their world through play. Also, they mimic what they … [Read more...]

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