One Billion Rising to demand an end to violence against women

(Warning: The pictures in this post are disturbing, and I would say that they should not be viewed by children, except that, the problem is children are seeing this kind of thing. You should know.) This international event is happening tomorrow. … [Read more...]

M-rated video games cross-promoted with children’s building toys

If Halo is rated M for mature game players only, then why the cross-promotion with Megabloks, intended for ages "8 and up"? Please watch this promotional video (or see screenshots below). Please note that the video includes the Xbox logo. How … [Read more...]

On the impossibility of protecting children from media violence

When the kids were younger and watched football and baseball on television, there was a time when they were watching a game and a promo for one of the networks’ other shows came on during the commercial break. My two little boys witnessed, during the … [Read more...]

What are the messages of our violent media culture?

In case you are confused by comments in the media this week: There is in fact no doubt about whether media violence contributes to real life violence and aggression, such as that seen in Newtown a few days ago. The preponderance of evidence, and … [Read more...]

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

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...]

"See something? Say something." Advertising version

"Don't you wish your girlfriend was hot like me?" I had decided to get lunch at a new restaurant in town. I believe in supporting local business. Then I saw this cute little marketing card on the counter. And it made me feel not so good about … [Read more...]

Need for look at media violence in wake of Dark Knight tragedy

After another shocking mass shooting, is it perhaps time to talk about the effects of media violence on children? It’s fairly clear that the perpetrator in the Aurora, Colorado shooting was influenced by the violence in the Batman movie series. Was … [Read more...]

Around the web raising awareness of harmful messages to children

 For today, media messages to children that parents should be aware of:Shaping Youth: Boys, Body Image and Sexualization: An Equal Opportunity Destroyer Shaping Youth photoChristian Science Monitor: Disney bans junk-food ads, but seeks to … [Read more...]

Reading List: Disney Princess Week

Surely National Princess Week deserves to be the impetus for a reading list. Photo: Rebecca Hains  Rebecca Hains: point is this: The Disney Princess marketing machine is SO huge, so far-reaching, that it’s hard to avoid … [Read more...]

How the media train boys to be sexist

Watch this trailer from the Media Education Foundation, which highlights the powerful messages boys are getting from current popular media. Or, as they put, "Takes aim at the forces in male culture that condition boys and men to dehumanize and … [Read more...]