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Sexualized Media Messages and Our Children: Teaching Kids to Be Smart Critics and Consumers

Sexualized Media Messages and Our Children: Teaching Kids to Be Smart Critics and Consumers

by Jennifer W. ShewmakerJennifer W. Shewmaker
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This provocative book takes a look at children's consumption of sexualized media messages while providing parents, teachers, and professionals with strategies for abating their influence.

In this eye-opening book, experienced child psychologist Jennifer W. Shewmaker contends that the manner in which a child is raised influences how they respond to media messages, particularly those shaded by sexual overtones. This text takes a hard look at the impact of advertisements, products, and entertainment on a child's psyche and offers strategies for helping kids become critical, active media consumers.

Drawing from research in a wide variety of disciplines, this book explores the interpersonal factors within children's lives that impact how they learn to process sexualized media messages. The book argues that an increase in marketing to children along with media-based fabrications of beauty, masculinity, and femininity impact the confidence and character of young children who are often greatly affected by what they see and hear. The author shares invaluable tips for promoting strengths in children and adolescents of both genders and presents the protective influence of communities to help children dismiss distorted media images.

• Provides a quick overview of previous works in child development, communication, and education

• Discusses four mediating variables influencing children's values: culture of celebrity, family factors, gender, and community systems

• Includes an "In Their Voices" section featuring specific responses from children, adolescents, parents, and professionals

• Covers television, movies, music, and other media

• Demonstrates the impact of both positive and negative media messages

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440833335
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/24/2015
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 182
Sales rank: 1,130,640
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jennifer W. Shewmaker, PhD, is an associate professor of psychology at Abilene Christian University and is a nationally certified school psychologist.

What People are Saying About This

Collett Smart

"We've needed a book like this for a long time. One not simply filled with information about the problem of sexualization, but a toolbox overflowing with practical ideas and conversation starters to have with children both at home and in the classroom. Enormously helpful."

Andrew P. Smiler

"From studly superheroes to neutered nerds, from hot women to helpless princesses, we all know that mass media rely heavily on sexual and gender stereotypes. Jennifer Shewmaker brings a deep, clear, and well-articulated understanding of how to do something about it: teach children and teens, girls and boys(!), to be critical consumers of the media they encounter every day. This book is a must read for parents, teachers, and anyone who wants children and teens to make their own decisions and develop their own values."

Lori M. Day

"To be a parent today requires endless energy and vigilance when it comes to sexualized media that, like an unwanted guest, follows our children everywhere, even into our own homes. Dr. Shewmaker's book, Sexualized Media Messages and Our Children: Teaching Kids to Be Smart Critics and Consumers, combines academic scholarship with her personal experience as the mother of three daughters. The result is both a lens and a toolkit for understanding and combatting the insidious seep of stereotypes and inappropriately sexualized messaging directed at today's kids. Raising critical consumers in our commercialized and over-sexualized culture is imperative. Let this book be your roadmap."

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