Sesame Street Adds a New Female Character

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Although Sesame Street has long been known for promoting all kinds of diversity, its cast of muppets includes few female characters.  Today, they have unveiled a new female character, Abby Cadabby, who appears amidst controversy.  With pink fur, a magic wand, and fairy wings, many are concerned about the female stereotype she embodies and the… Read more »

Opinion Piece by Amy Jordan

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Here at CMCH we have long followed the research of Amy Jordan, director of the Media and the Developing Child sector of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Today she had an opinion piece published in the San Francisco Chronicle titled Subjecting Our Youth to Cyberspace Experiments, where she points out… Read more »

Are Ads Playing Our Children?

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The topic of advertising to children has been all over the news lately; here are two reasons why: First, a new study by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that children are the targets of ad campaigns called "advergaming" which combine online games with a company’s logo and brand message.  It’s one of the newest trends… Read more »

Can Video Games Lead to World Peace?

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On Sunday there was a NY Times article on a new breed of video games — those that immerse people into reality complete with politics and consequences, rather than the typical fantasy worlds of dragons, aliens, and car chases.  Game developers are viewing games as a chance to educate as well as to affect change,… Read more »

TV for Babies Goes Worldwide

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Back in May, a TV channel for babies was launched in the US amidst much controversy.  CMCH researchers were contacted for their opinions, interviewed on radio shows, quoted in several newspapers, and featured on CNN and local news stations.  This week both a Canadian channel and a South African channel for babies will also be… Read more »