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Professor Ozlem Sensoy writes an article for The Tyee

June 30, 2011
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Özlem Sensoy, an SFU professor in the Faculty of Education, wrote a guest column for the news-and-commentary website TheTyee.ca. Her subject: How parents can help children develop critical thinking skills to “strengthen kids' resistance to the worst in corporate media and pop culture” as they watch summer-vacation TV.

"The average home has more television sets than people, more than 85 per cent of B.C. teens have two or more screens in their bedrooms, and over the course of a year kids spend many more hours with media than in school with teachers.

Not only is media pervasive in kids' lives, but it is increasingly organized around the values of consumption, racism, misogyny, and violence. If you haven't played video games since Pac-Man or Donkey Kong, you'll just have to take my word for it that the landscape of kids' games looks quite different today than it did back then.

All this suggests that adults must work harder to strengthen kids' resistance to the worst in corporate media and pop culture.

But what's the best way?"

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