Future Zone: media, corporations, government, privacy

For the new year, a few from the future shock files that are good for parents and everyone to be aware of. Will your device spy on you while you watch TV? All I can say is, if you’re not freaked out yet, you’re not paying attention. Verizon … [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...]

Screen-free Week: It won’t be easy

It's Screen-Free Week, but it won't be easy to avoid them, with screens proliferating in our environment. Here are some of the places I've spotted screens over the past year. Inside a TaxiAirplaneGas stationGrocery checkoutDinerShopping Mall Nail … [Read more...]

Skins: What MTV is saying to your kids, and why

MTV photo via New York TimesI made myself watch Skins on MTV last night. It's the latest offering from MTV causing alarm among parents and media watchers. It’s not the most unwatchable show ever, which surprised me, given the worthless drek that is … [Read more...]

Effort to stop release of brutally misogynistic Kanye West video

____________________________________________________________ Update: Adios Barbie announced June 27 that MTV has confirmed it will not air the video.It’s official folks, and you heard it here first: MTV and VH1 will not air Kanye West’s “Monster” … [Read more...]

It’s so easy to block out prevailing cultural norms

This week, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a statement, Sexuality, Contraception, and the Media, that was published online and in the September print issue of the journal Pediatrics. The barrage of inappropriate and damaging exposure the … [Read more...]

This video made me cry

If you have any doubts about the onslaught hitting our kids. Not to mention ourselves. If you think any individual family can block the harmful messages coming from a multi-billion dollar industry.UPDATE: See newer post, Eyes open for marketing … [Read more...]

Fox undermines parents trying to protect their kids

Fox emphasizes parental responsibility over government regulation, but then goes around parent choices in its advertisingLast week, Fox Broadcasting Company aired an ad with a drawing depicting sexual bondage during The Simpsons, a show that I allow … [Read more...]

What’s OK for your kids to watch? FOX doesn’t care

I do drop my standards a little bit, and let the kids watch The Simpsons. There are some scenes that are not exactly appropriate for kids, but it's a smart show and funny, so I let it go, maybe talk with them about it later. The biggest problem, … [Read more...]

Last day to vote for worst toy

Today is the last day to vote in the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood worst toy contest.Why I voted for the EyeClops mini projector: This outdoor projector represents a new threat to childhood, and among the choices, is the most difficult for … [Read more...]