Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Teacher, Activist

On National Super Hero Day: Can DC Super Hero Girls be What Girls Need?

It is imperative that these characters have a wide range of interests and skills that mirror the diversity found within the real girls that they hope to empower. Sexy stereotypes are not empowering.

April 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Children and Technology: Issues of Identity

It’s very important that parents and caregivers consider the issue of identity when children begin to get involved with technology. This is especially applicable to social media. Two questions that … Continue reading

April 20, 2015 · 2 Comments

Children and Technology: Benefits and Challenges

Technology is ubiquitous in our world today. Toddlers are handed cell phones or tablets designed especially for them, tweens have their own cell phones before they even enter middle school, … Continue reading

April 6, 2015 · 1 Comment

Motherhood Penalty?

The work going on at Stanford examining what they call The Motherhood Penalty is interesting to me both academically and personally. Anyone who works with me knows that I work … Continue reading

April 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Great Sticky Note Campaign: Kids as Activists

Today I want to share a fun activity that you can use to raise a child’s literacy around media and marketing AND make a statement to corporations or stores about … Continue reading

March 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Does media really matter?

As a blogger, speaker, and activist, I often hear from people who do not believe that media and marketing really impact children. These people seem quite certain that children can … Continue reading

March 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Sexualized Media Messages and Our Children

My book, Sexualized Media Messages & Our Children: Teaching Kids to be Smart Critics & Consumers will be released tomorrow, February 28, 2015! This is a practical book with a strong research … Continue reading

February 27, 2015 · Leave a comment
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