American kids are raised on a steady diet of media messages that are, for the most, extremely hazardous to their healthy social and emotional well-being. In this podcast I talk with Diane E. Levin, Ph.D., author of So Sexy So Soon: The New Sexualization of Childhood, and What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids (with Jean Kilbourne) (Ballantine Books, 2009) and Beyond Remote-Controlled Childhood: Teaching Young Children in the Media Age (NAEYC 2013). Diane describes what happened when the deregulation of children’s television allowed multi-billion dollar industries, not parents themselves, determine what our kids will learn about gender roles, sex, and what’s “important” in life.
About Diane E. Levin, Ph.D.
Dr. Levin is Professor of Education at Wheelock College in Boston. She has written seven other books including: “The War Play Dilemma”, “Teaching Young Children in Violent Times” and “Remote Control Childhood?” Diane Levin speaks around the world on the impact of violence, media and other societal issues on children, families and schools. More info at: DianeELevin.com
UPDATE: Since this recording Diane has written a new book, Beyond Remote-Controlled Childhood: Teaching Young Children in the Media Age
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