We’re so careful to choose babysitters and schools and summer camps that provide a great environment for our kids, but the moment our kids get on a device, that curated environment is gone. Heck, the moment I take my daughter downtown, past Victoria’s Secret or the latest nude perfume ad, she’s been exposed to things they’d never allow at her school!
This tension between what we can control and what we can’t…it’s tough! The marketers, the media, the pornographers are all looking for access to their next market – our kids. If they can shape ideas and tastes early, build “brand loyalty” and familiarity, they normalize their presence in our children’s lives.
I can choose not to take my daughter downtown, but there’s a limit to what I can limit. Truthfully, I’m not going to give up my smart phone or turn of my home internet, even though I know that a huge proportion of kid’s exposure to inappropriate content is online, on a device, often a parent’s device, and at home.
How are you helping your child be a critical consumer of media? Are you talking about song lyrics, advertising, film, and social media?
In case you’re thinking “uh-oh, I’m not…”, here’s a place to start: The Media and Cybersexuality video series covers everything from how marketers are influencing kids to how to talk with kids about porn. You’ll get videos from me about mindset, starting conversations, and skill building, plus interviews with experts on social media, sexting and porn, all to stream at your convenience. Check it out!
If you’re thinking, “yup, we’re on top of that”, please share your success stories! I’d love to hear what’s working.
In support of you,