Screen time, Media Literacy and the preschool set

According to the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood, estimates of how much time preschoolers spend on average with screen media range from at least 2.2 hours to as much as 4.6 hours per day. That’s a lot. Today, I am alerting teachers and … [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...]

Violent airplane movies and traveling with children

This is what US Airways thinks is ok for children of all ages to see while riding in its planes. That is someone's head he's got the gun held to. The movie contained this and many, many other images of violence. Also a provocatively dressed woman … [Read more...]

BOOK – Gender stereotypes: How boys are harmed by the media’s twisted portrayal of how to be a man

Book Review The Achilles Effect: What Pop Culture is Teaching Young Boys about MasculinityMy son picked up my copy of The Achilles Effect, by Crystal Smith, and started reading aloud about toy action figures that have bulked up to superhuman … [Read more...]

Internet porn: addictive, may have long-lasting ill effects on youth

After I read this disturbing article in Psychology Today about the potentially very harmful effects of today’s brutal, extreme and widely available internet pornography on a young person’s developing sexuality, I immediately gave it to my 14-year-old … [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...]

Teen pregnancy and a lesson in media literacy

The Gloucester 18, The Realities of Teen PregnancyMedia Education Foundation has just released on DVD this film examining a spike in pregnancies in 2008 at the Gloucester High School in Massachusetts, and the accompanying media hype. The filmmaker's … [Read more...]

Friday reading list

 I came across a few good reads this week that I wanted to share: Your Tango: Is TV biased against female sexuality? The message in the ad discussed here is that “women deserve sexual satisfaction.” Now that’s a much different message than the … [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...]

"Your stories" contest winner

Recently, I asked for your stories on guiding children through the barrage of marketing messages. I received this wonderful tale from Kimber of Los Angeles, to whom I will send a copy of the book Made You Look, by Shari Graydon.“The thing I did … [Read more...]