Don't Conform, Transform
As I was working with some tween girls to develop critical media literacy, we decided to make our own media to share our thoughts on sexualized media and marketing. I wanted to share one of the products with you. One 10-year-old girl made this Powerpoint slide show. She used media and marketing photos that she found online, and then added her own commentary. This is a fun, simple activity that you can do with the kids in your life to help them think about the images that they are seeing everyday.
Remember, the key to these media literacy activities that build a child’s critical skills is to make it fun, allow the child to actively process and comment on what they’re seeing, and then create their own product to express their thoughts about it. Think about ways you might use the programs that you may have on your own home computer to open up conversations with your kids and allow them to create their own work. This girl’s parting words: Consider this, and thank you for your time.