Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Teacher, Activist

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

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

LEGO Objectifying Little Girls: Makeovers for the under 12’s

I have argued against girls needing pink, “girlie” LEGO since Friends was released. Because girls need the chance to build, learn, and create, not to be reminded that they are … Continue reading

March 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Webinar: Sexualized Media and Children

I’m so excited to be a part of Hardy Girls Healthy Women’s Parenting Series again this year! They have developed a great line up of resources for parents this year. … Continue reading

March 12, 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

Pre-Release Special: Mom says, “My daughter will grow up soon enough!”

So, to all the toymakers and movie producers and TV executives and clothing manufacturers and even adults and peers who want to push my daughter towards adulthood faster than necessary, I say, “Chill!” She will grow up soon enough.

February 16, 2015 · Leave a comment
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