And the TOADY goes to…

From our friends at the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood… Hello Barbie, in a landslide!  The votes are in for the 2015 TOADY (Toys Oppressive And Destructive to Young children) Award, and the creepy eavesdropping Hello Barbie blew away the competition with 57% of the vote. The Brands We Know book series was runner-up (14.5%), followed by…

Psychology Today: Screen-Free Value

A psychiatrist offers insight on going screen-free as an intervention for children presenting behavioral challenges: “As is my usual practice during an evaluation, I ask this mother about her son’s screen-time habits and for a timeline of when various devices were acquired over the last several years. I explain to her how electronic screen-time, particularly the interactive kind, can overstimulate and stress…

Screening: Dysfunctional Societies

The debut screening of the new film Dysfunctional Societies: Why Inequality Matters will take place at 2 p.m. on December 9 at Sacred Heart University’s Martire Building, home of the new School of Communication and Digital Arts. Our friend Sut Jhally will introduce the film and lead a discussion following the screening. Dr. Jhally will also…

TOADY Award Nominees Announced

From our friends at Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood…  Back by popular demand: CCFC’s 7th annual TOADY Award for Worst Toy of the Year. Who will win? It’s up to you! Each year, the Toy Industry Association of America presents its annual TOTY (Toy Of The Year) Awards. In response to the industry most responsible for commercializing…

ACME at CEMP’s International Summit 11/20–21

CEMP is holding its international Media Education Summit 2015 at Emerson College in Boston on November 20 and 21. This event begins one week from today! For information and a schedule, click here. ACME is well-represented at this event: Friday, 2:30–4. Board member and Edupax founder Jacques Brodeur will present his paper “Ban on Marketing to Children.” Friday,…

Take Action: Media Literacy Week Is Nov. 2–6

Statement on Media Literacy Week from The Global Critical Media Literacy Project (The Action Coalition for Media Education, Project Censored, and the graduate program in Media Literacy and Digital Culture at Sacred Heart University) November 2–6, 2015, is Media Literacy Week in the United States and Canada. Across both nations, multiple campaigns will highlight the…