Beyond Banning War and Superhero Play: Meeting Children’s Needs in Violent Times

Why children are interested in war play, and why educators are concerned. It is important to both reduce the amount of violence that children see, and help children find ways to work out the violence that they do see. Includes suggestions for addressing violent play—including promoting imagination and creative play and encouraging children to talk about media violence.

Beyond Remote-Controlled Childhood—Teaching Young Children in the Media Age

This important and timely new book by CCFC steering committee member Dr. Diane Levin is a powerful call to action and highly recommended for anyone who works with young children or is concerned about the ways that screen time and media culture are affecting kids and families. Based on her work with children and teachers over the past thirty years, Diane details the ways in which today’s media saturated environment is affecting children’s learning and wellbeing.

Beyond Remote-Controlled Teaching and Learning: The Special Challenges of Helping Children Construct Knowledge Today

The more opportunities that children have to engage in creative play, the better they will become at mastering the academic and non-academic situations they later encounter. The time that children spend watching screens deprives them of time they could spend playing creatively and learning meaningfully. The article explores how we can help children construct knowledge today by encouraging creative play, limiting involvement with electronic media, and helping children find meaningful problems to solve.

Beyond Winning: Smart Parenting in a Toxic Sports Environment

One byproduct of a commercialized childhood is that the values of the marketplace are adopted in all aspects of children’s lives. This is particularly clear in the realm of organized sports for children—where winning and competitiveness often crowd out the sheer joy of playing a game. Beyond Winning offers an alternative approach to teaching sports to kids. It deemphasizes short-term goals like winning and youth championships and discourages the introduction of adult-oriented, league-structured competition.

Big Soda’s Publicity Stunt

The American Beverage Association (ABA) has been marketing a new responsible image; however, it has spent more money marketing this image than it has spent actually being responsible. The ABA has released a policy aimed at providing lower calorie and/or more nutritious beverages to schools—but the ABA does not directly contract schools, there is no enforcement or oversight mechanism, and the policy only applies to vending machines.

Calories for Sale

Childhood obesity rates are linked to food advertising. Because of the pervasive extent of child-centered food marketing, there is a need for more stringent government regulations. This article explores the depth of child-centered food marketing and offers grassroots strategies for instituting change.