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

Gendered Marketing and Children: Why does it matter?

  A comment I heard recently made me think about the consequences of living with stereotype threat. We were discussing the ways that stereotype threat affects kids. One woman said … Continue reading

August 29, 2012 · 2 Comments

Monster High’s Mixed Messages about Bullying with Tips for Talking with Kids

Episode after episode features similar messages: You get to the top by being the biggest monster possible – and not in the fun, unique way the line might insist you should, but by threatening or using physical violence, bullying tactics, cheating, lying and whining.By coating bad messages in an outer layer of good PR and catchy slogans, the company makes it harder for kids and parents to reject the toy without looking like they support bullying.

June 16, 2012 · 4 Comments

10 year old girl responds to sexualized media and marketing: Girls these days

As I was working with some tween girls to develop critical media literacy, we decided to make our own media to share our thoughts on sexualized media and marketing. I … Continue reading

May 18, 2012 · 5 Comments

Positive Activism Ideas: More Fun Ways to Slam Media and Marketers Sexualizing Kids

In the post linked below,  Amy Jussel of Shaping Youth shows how New Moon Girls has come up with a virtual sticker, similar to those I advocated in the post … Continue reading

March 21, 2012 · 2 Comments

Positive Pick: Born This Way Foundation

Born to Not Get Bullied – NYTimes.com. In this article Nickolas Kristof shares some insights into Lady Gaga’s new Born This Way Foundation. She has teamed up with top educators … Continue reading

March 1, 2012 · Leave a comment
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