Resources for Parents
The resources listed here are intended as a convenience to educators, librarians, parents and students. These websites are operated independent of Media Literacy Now. If you have a resource to add to this page, please let us know!
Professionals & Organizations
Media Aware Parent was designed to empower parents to help their teens to make informed and healthy decisions. The program includes medically-accurate information and proven techniques to help parents have effective conversations with their teens about topics like sex, relationships, gender roles, internet safety, and more. Go beyond “the talk” and become a Media Aware Parent!
Media Power Youth provides curricula, professional development, and workshops to build media literacy knowledge and critical-thinking skills to navigate a media-rich world. Our mission is to teach youth to consume and create media safely and responsibly, reaping all of its benefits while recognizing the influence it can have on physical and mental health, decision-making, and relationships.
Dr. Jennifer W. Shewmaker is an academic entrepreneur and creative, databased problem solver dedicated to creating transformative learning experiences and environments. Dr. Shewmaker is the author of the book, Sexualized Media Messages and Our Children: Teaching Kids to be Smart Critics and Consumers.
Technology in Early Childhood Center at Erikson Institute produced the Media Literacy in Early Childhood Report: Framework, Child Development Guidelines, and Tips for Implementation and have published resources and presentations developed for their 2017 symposium Media Literacy in Early Childhood: A Critical Conversation
Books for kids
This is a children’s play/story that helps kids (8-12) understand holiday messaging that tries to focus our attention on “what’s next” rather than “what’s enough.” It’s a great introduction for children into the art of deconstructing ads, letting them see that messaging might have alternative goals.
Made You Look: How Advertising Works and Why You Should Know
Books on media literacy for children and teens are rare. This one is excellent for middle and high school students.
Master the Media: How Teaching Media Literacy Can Save Our Plugged-In World
This book is marketed to teachers but provides an excellent base of knowledge on how media systems work, from print to internet to TV, film, news, video games and more.
Books for Parents
Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture
Good Pictures Bad pictures, Good Pictures Bad Pictures: Porn-Proofing Today’s Young Kids
Kristen A. Jenson
(For parents to read to young children)
Her Next Chapter: How Mother-Daughter Book Clubs Can Help Girls Navigate Malicious Media, Risky Relationships, Girl Gossip, and So Much More
Lori Day, Charlotte Kugler
Masterminds and Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World
Packaging Boyhood: Saving our Sons from Superheroes, Slackers and other Media Stereotypes
Lyn Mikel Brown, Sharon Lamb, Mark Tappan
Packaging Girlhood Packaging Girlhood: Rescuing Our Daughters from Marketers’ Schemes
Lyn Mikel Brown, Sharon Lamb
Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World Paperback
Redefining Girly: How Parents Can Fight the Stereotyping and Sexualizing of Girlhood, from Birth to Tween
Melissa Atkins Wardy
Sexualized Media Messages and Our Children: Teaching Kids to Be Smart Critics and Consumers
Jennifer W. Shewmaker
Spongeheadz: U & Media
Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill
Lt. Col. Dave Grossman and Gloria DeGaetano
The Achilles Effect: What Pop Culture is Teaching Young Boys about Masculinity
The Body Image Survival Guide for Parents: Helping Toddlers, Tweens, and Teens Thrive
The Princess Problem: Guiding Our Girls through the Princess-Obsessed Years
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