Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Teacher, Author

Who’s your #GirlHero?

As we get ready for the International Day of the Girl, let’s celebrate our own Girl Heroes. One of mine is my oldest daughter, Rylan. In 9th grade she decided … Continue reading

October 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

Why “Yes Means Yes?”

Teaching our children and adolescents to be thoughtful about consent and mutuality in all of their physical relationships can only provide them with effective skills for sexual behaviors later in life. We want kids to know how to ask for consent and how to give or withhold consent in a clear way.

October 6, 2014 · 4 Comments

When Love Hurts: Talking about dating violence with teens

When I was about 15, I remember a close friend of mine suddenly becoming withdrawn. Her usual cheerful and social nature changed to a quiet, secretive one. She wouldn’t change … Continue reading

September 17, 2014 · 2 Comments

Maryville, Steubenville, Anywhereville: Talking with Kids about Consent and Sexuality

We must begin talking about the concept of consent. We need to be sure that adolescents understand what consent means, in which situations one can never assume consent, and how to seek help when they or someone else is having their right to consent violated. It’s up to adults to be sure that every child is taught that there are no “blurred lines.” No means no, and when someone is incapacitated for any reason, they cannot give consent. That’s all there is to it.

October 21, 2013 · 5 Comments

The Importance of Fathers

I regularly hold a debate with my university students to respond to the question, “Are Father’s Necessary?” Every time we discuss this, there is at least one student who talks … Continue reading

June 16, 2013 · 8 Comments

Does Media Matter: Media and Perception of Reality

Have you ever noticed that when you watch the news a lot, which is filled with reports of crime and violence, you suddenly become very paranoid, convinced that you would … Continue reading

May 22, 2013 · 12 Comments

Does Media Matter: Media and the Self

One of the things that I hear quite often when I talk about why media matters is the idea that children and adolescents understand that media does not depict reality. … Continue reading

May 8, 2013 · 9 Comments
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