Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker

Parent, Teacher, Author

Trends in Teen Use of Social Media

    This rings true for my teen and tween. I’m seeing the teens that I know spend time on social media, but they’re deserting Facebook for other venues. Is … Continue reading

April 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

Positive Pick: Smart Girls at the Party

Do you know about Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls at the Party? If you have teen or tween girls or you are a teen or tween girl, you will love this … Continue reading

April 15, 2013 · 3 Comments

Fear and Loathing in Middle School: Stepping outside of gender norms

One of the reasons that gender stereotyped media and marketing bothers me is that it sets expectations for acceptable behaviors regarding gender. Given what we know about how media shapes … Continue reading

September 17, 2012 · 2 Comments

Letting Go of Perfect

This past couple of weeks have been big ones for my family, and for me as a mother. My oldest daughter became a teenager, embarking on a course that she’s … Continue reading

August 27, 2012 · 10 Comments

Fight the Power: Children and Adolescents as Consumer Activists

Using social media and word of mouth, adolescents and caring adults can work together to fight for their rights and advocate against companies that put a bulls-eye on their childhood.

April 30, 2012 · 3 Comments

When Love Hurts: Talking about Teen Dating Violence

When I was about 15, I remember a close friend of mine suddenly becoming withdrawn.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

February 14, 2012 · 2 Comments

Media and Children: It’s not all about the parent

Parenting is not done in a vacuum. Many people will say, “That toy/show/stereotype really isn’t that big of a deal. If children have good parents, then they will be fine.” … Continue reading

January 23, 2012 · 11 Comments
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