Twitter is hip. A Thursday reading list.

Do you follow me on Twitter? If you are interested in the topics we talk about here, then please follow me @mktgchildhood. Every day I scan through the Twitterverse, blogs and news sources to find the most thoughtful, well-researched and thought-provoking writing, images and videos on the topic of harmful media messages to children. I only tweet links that I have read or looked at, and that I think are worth your time. It doesn’t mean I agree with the work. I seek to point you to a range of thoughtful views.

In case you missed them, here are some recent links:

1. “If you don’t want your kids to see it, just don’t let them.” Have you heard that comment? Ok, well are your kids with you every moment of every day? What about when they are at school or on the bus, and older kids show them things on their portable electronic devices?  Ask the Mediatrician addresses the question of how to protect young kids, and just as I thought, there is no easy answer.

2. I really liked this review at GeekMom of a book about why children love video games.

“[According to Reality is Broken author Jane McGonigal,] the issue might be neither my parenting style, nor my son’s challenges, but that reality is just too easy, depressing, unsatisfying, and trivial. She claims that well-designed games are like “the perfect job,” fulfilling our most basic needs for:

    * Satisfying work,
    * The experience of being successful,
    * Social connection, and
    * Meaning—being a part of something larger than ourselves.

 And, well…basically, our current reality is often lacking these core happiness components.”

3. This is why Tracee Sioux at The Girl Revolution liked the Disney movie “Tangled” which, she says, has powerful feminine energy.

4. And on the subject of Disney films: “Sexism, Strength and Dominance: Masculinity in Disney Films” at Marinagraphy.

5. Written by a teen girl, here’s an alternative deconstruction of the True Grit and Somewhere girl stars as feminist heroes view.

“Weirdly enough, after watching them, neither movie left me with that “Woohoo, girl-power!” feeling. Everyone around me was talking about the two actresses and their strong, powerful roles, and my hopes were high. I wanted to like the characters…really badly. I wanted to be thinking, “Now that’s some girl-power!” as the credits rolled. I was sadly disappointed.”

6. Here is a webinar that I think will be helpful to parents trying to help their kids navigate the media’s “sexy pressure.”

“Have you ever felt that popular culture drowns your kids in sexy images, toys, clothes, games and messages? It’s not your imagination. Research confirms that these images and messages pressure both girls and boys to feel they need to “be sexy” at younger and younger ages:  ages when they don’t have the emotional, intellectual or psychological development to swim in the ocean of sexy pressure.”

It’s presented on January 27 by Nancy Gruver, who has been speaking and writing on girls’ issues, parenting, and media for many years and is the founder of New Moon Girls, a non-commercialized positive publication for girls.


  1. Wow…this is such a cool idea — scouring through Twitter and finding such great info. I didn't even realize that people were having conversations on twitter — gotta get on there more. Thanks for including me on your list. Great posts, too. Love your site!

  2. Thanks Marina! I'm glad to link to your site – you've always got interesting things to say there.

  3. Erin, I'm glad I found your blog! Thanks so much for also linking to my post on 'Skins'. It's good to know we are like-minded and looking after all our kids well being together –virtually.

  4. Thanks for your visit, Mamarazzi Knows Best, and for your work on behalf of all of our kids.

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