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...]

Still searching for just where Lego made the wrong turn

The Lego Friends maelstrom continues. Here's an update. These two videos thoroughly deconstruct gender stereotyping in Lego marketing:Feminist FrequencyIn part 1 of my two part LEGO and Gender series, I’ll explore how LEGO went terribly wrong with … [Read more...]

Which one is a joke, and which one is the real ad?

Thanks to SPARK Summit and Princess Free Zone … [Read more...]

It’s the Lego Friends roundup

[update January 12, 2012 to add] [update January 9, 2012 to add children's television creator and dad blogger Jason Tammemagi]  There's been a tidal wave of response to the LEGO Friends line for girls among bloggers as well as in … [Read more...]

Not a friend of Legos, anymore

Source: TheBrickBlogger.comLego Friends? Not your girls' friend. Did girls not have enough choices in the doll category? Why doesn’t Lego focus on creating parts for things that girls like to BUILD, instead of more dolls with a selection of handbags? … [Read more...]

Slather on some Positive Marketing this summer

Today I am introducing a new series highlighting individuals who are creating media or marketing products with positive messages for children and youth, and individuals using their creativity to promote media literacy among the young.Since we are … [Read more...]

Ads on school buses, ads on thighs: This week in the world of media

I have learned this week that a lot of people are interested in positive, non-sexualized images of female athletes. I’m glad. What else? Read on:These states have legislation pending to allow ads on school buses:Florida, Idaho, Kentucky, Ohio, … [Read more...]

Cinderella Ate My Daughter, and she’s chomping on me, too

My sister and I used to love to dress up in my mother’s old prom dress, which we found deep in a closet in the attic. It was a pale pink, with lots of fluffy petticoats.  The flouncy skirt thrilled me. It rose up and whirled with me as I spun … [Read more...]

The best gift: A chance to grow up without limits.

Decades ago, little girls (my sister and I) were playing with Legos, and they weren’t even pink. We also enjoyed playing with trucks, and dressing up in mom’s old prom dress. My boys have found cars, trucks and construction toys under the Christmas … [Read more...]

Media literacy success at school

My son, R, was so eager to tell me that his Freshman Advisory teacher was going to do a unit about media literacy, and was using the documentary film “Consuming Kids,” that he couldn’t wait, and sent a text message from school. So we’ll leave the … [Read more...]