Tobacco industry marketing practices target youth

This is the first of a two part series on smoking, media and youth. Part II here. I finally slogged through the 2012 Surgeon Generals’ report, “Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults”  section on tobacco industry marketing practices. … [Read more...]

The ongoing great digital experiment on the brain development of children

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...]

A photo essay: What can a girl be?

I took a stroll through the toy aisles of a major retailer with my camera. The aisles with toys for girls are conveniently color coded with pink. The boys' aisles are blue, of course. This helps you find the correct and proper toy for your children. … [Read more...]

Research on children, youth and television

Catching you up on several important recent studies: Monster High has been called out for bullying Portrayals of bullying on children's television is shockingly high A study published in the Journal of Communication looking at … [Read more...]

Study: Media literacy education helps protect children from the harmful effects of media messages

Media literacy education is effective in reducing risky or antisocial behaviors among children and youth of all ages and for all topics of focus, such as tobacco use, violence and sex, according to researchers who conducted a comprehensive review of … [Read more...]

Fashion photo retoucher says "No more"

Speaking of Brave… This Los Angeles man, Roy A. Cui, a digital photo retoucher, is giving up a large part of his livelihood – retouching photographs in the fashion and beauty industry – because of the harm that unrealistic images in the media do to … [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...]

Questions about readily available soft-porn images and our little boys

UPDATE: Please see below regarding new research. I snapped this photo at a local CVS drug store. This is a selection of the magazine covers displayed at the eye level of 6- to 12-year-old boys. Pornography is said to be addictive and can cause … [Read more...]

A reading list from the @mktgchildhood Twitter timeline

Time again for a roundup of interesting reading I have found and posted on Twitter with a focus on the topic of selling our kids to the highest bidder.(Do you follow me on Twitter? If you are interested in the topics we talk about here, then please … [Read more...]

Media literacy success in middle school

One discussion about media literacy can benefit hundreds of children. Join the conversation, spread the word, help kids stand up for themselves.It was just a year ago that I talked with my son’s fifth grade teacher about the need to help … [Read more...]