On Friday, I presented at the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood’s Annual Summit. My talk about research on media and sex was well-attended and lead to some great discussion among participants.
I wanted to post about a few resources I became aware of through the Summit and pass them on to CMCH blog readers, since you may also be interested:
- Sarah Grimes, a PhD candidate at Simon Fraser University, presented her work on interactive websites and Massively Multiplayer Online Games (MMOGs) for kids. Turns out she has a blog about digital games and other technologies for children: Gamine Expedition
- In the main gathering area, there was an exhibit titled "Buy Me Something" by the talented photographer Nat Ward, who aims for these images to "challenge people to consider how toys and the mechanisms that facilitate their sale inform and reproduce a distinct set of culturally-defined values." Click the arrow on the bottom right to see more images: Buy Me Something
- The Media Education Foundation has a new video coming out in Fall 2008 about the commercialization of childhood. CMCH Director Dr. Michael Rich makes an appearance around minute 3:37 in the trailer they previewed at the Summit: Consuming Kids