Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Teacher, Author

So what can parents do?

I think there are several steps that parents can take to help their child or adolescent with the issue of sexualized media messages. The very first step is awareness.  Hopefully the information that I’ve shared with you in the past few blogs has opened your eyes to these facts:

  1. That very sexualized images of women and girls are routinely presented to children, even at young ages.
  2. That children and adolescents ARE spending a lot of time interacting with media. It’s a fact, and we need to acknowledge that.
  3. That parents DO have the ability to help their children process these media messages and think about how to respond to them.

We are not just hopeless pawns in the hands of an omnipotent media!! We, as consumers, have choices about what we watch and listen to and engage with. We, as people, have the ability to choose how we want to respond to those messages, and how we might want to rebel against them. We have power. We just need to think about how we’re going to use it.

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