Strong Is The New Pretty: Interview with Kate T. Parker

April 30, 2015 Adamant as I am about shifting appearance cues in the media towards a "whole person" lens, it's no surprise I was thrilled to hear photographer Kate T. Parker's catchphrase, "Strong is … [Read more...]

Positive Picks! Progress in Upending Gender Stereotypes

May 29, 2015 Update Check out the all new Kickstarter from Gecko Clothing featuring "funky, ethical, organic, unisex" clothes crowdsourcing both the design and the funding!  There's a strong … [Read more...]

Selma March: The Power of Empathy, Storytelling

Mar. 7, 2015 Selma March, 50 years later, commemoration of Bloody Sunday. #Selma50Anyone who has seen the movie "Selma" knows the split second power of media storytelling to jolt viewers into a … [Read more...]

World Wildlife Day, Kids and Nature: Connect to Protect

March 3, 2015 It’s World Wildlife Day... And opportunity awaits.Can we bring kids closer to nature online in order to get them out IN nature offline?Is empathy and stewardship obtainable through a … [Read more...]

Media Literacy: 50 Talking Points for 50 Shades of Grey

Feb. 13, 2015 Talk about Angry Birds. Parents have been swept into the viral vortex of a gazillion ambient ads piling on to the relentless hype of the Fifty Shades of Grey movie opening today.From sex … [Read more...]

50 Shades of Disempowerment: Teach Your Children Well

 Feb. 12, 2015 “What people do in private is their own business.” But what happens when Hollywood makes a movie glorifying, promoting and normalizing violence against women and coerced sex? It … [Read more...]

Coke and McDonalds Lose Super Bowl with Parents

Aug. 17, 2016 Update Bravo to Britain, showcasing athletes sponsored by healthy food instead of junk! See? Sponsorship doesn't have to be the domain of the duplicitous duo of junk food … [Read more...]

Reading Between the Lines: A Media Literacy Education in Domestic Violence

Jan. 30, 2015 For the first time ever, the NFL will air a pitch perfect, poignant PSA by No More.org against domestic violence that resonates on multiple levels and can be used as a tool to uncork … [Read more...]

The Hashtag Bowl: Media Literacy Opportunities (Pt 2)

Jan. 30, 2015 Whether it’s using hit movies like Frozen as an icebreaker to talk about social shunning, bullying, social emotional tough stuff or Super Bowl ads as learning tools to ferret out what’s … [Read more...]

Homework? Super Bowl Ads and Media Literacy

January 27, 2015 After updating prior Super Bowl posts about the persuasion, impact, influence, and latest trends in Super Bowl Ads, (including this new NFL PSA against domestic violence) it's … [Read more...]

Wrapping Up the Gift of Time: Part Two Hunger Games

Update Dec. 21, 2014 Every year my teen prefers experiential "go-see-do" gifts to anything I can wrap up and put under the tree, (other than a GoPro which was a 'save up' winner for a milestone … [Read more...]

Using Media Themes as Presence Over Presents

Dec. 21, 2014 Every year my teen prefers experiential "go-see-do" gifts to anything I can wrap up and put under the tree, (other than a GoPro which was a 'save up' winner for a milestone birthday) and … [Read more...]

Lottie Dolls: Positive Picks for Healthier Play

Jan. 4, 2016 About a year after I wrote this initial post, Lottie dolls have reached the stars, with recent accolades as the first doll in space designed as Stargazer Lottie by a six year old Canadian … [Read more...]

TOADY Awards: Vote for Worst Toy and Inspire Change

Dec. 4, 2014 Every year I twist into a cartoon grimace and let out an “AAUGH!” like Charlie Brown when I scan the CCFC contenders on the TOADY "worst toys" list. (TOADY=Toys Oppressive And Destructive … [Read more...]

Not Your Typical Dog Books for Kids: Media That Matters

Mar. 23, 2015 "Dogs make the best teachers"...Today is National Puppy Day, time to give a big "paws up" to our friends at A Puppy's New Home, creating respect, social emotional learning, and diversity … [Read more...]

The Girls Q&A Book: 50 Ways to Fix A Friendship

Nov. 13, 2014 "There is no girls’ friendship drama that can’t be made WORSE… through staying silent, venting behind a friend’s back, or pretending things are just peachy," writes tweens and teens … [Read more...]

“Tuesday Tucks Me In” Awarded Best Amazon KidLit 2014

Nov. 11, 2015 Update: This Veteran's Day I'll be with my own dad, USN Ret. Capt. A.R. Jussel sharing time and tranquility in an eldercare community in the Sierra Foothills saluting several who have … [Read more...]

Disney’s Citizen Kid: November Media Thankfulness

Nov. 4, 2014 Disney's Citizen Kid Kicks off our Media/Marketing Month of ThankfulnessI love the concept of media shining the spotlight on extraordinary kids doing prosocial things, whether it’s … [Read more...]

Can Digital Kids Click With Nature, Wildlife?

Aug. 25, 2016 Update Celebrate 100 Years of our National Parks with FREE admission today! In honor of this centennial milestone, a quick roundup of children's media designed specifically to get … [Read more...]

Joe Kelly on Eating Disorders, Support, Outreach for Men

Update Apr. 2, 2015 Heads up to DADS and all men with loved ones experiencing an eating disorder: Joe Kelly will be giving his important workshop in Los Altos, CA April 25, 2015. Oct. 12, 2014 Though … [Read more...]