Barbie have changed the shape of their new doll to be a little less unrealistic. There have been so many academic studies about the way idealised body shapes can influence us, that any moves to be more realistic, I think, is welcome.
You can read more here on the BBC website
Some recent research shows that children now spend more time online than they do watching television. I see this with the way my own children watch television – finding shows on Netflix, or looking up videos they find interesting or funny on YouTube.
And they do this not just on computers but ipads, ipods and smart phones!
Even I, thanks to Netflix, can see the appeal!
Read more about the report here BBC news education
Spike Lee has described the nominations for this years oscars as “lilly white’ – highlighting the lack of representation in this years nominees.
Will Smith, his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith will be boycotting the Oscars.
It was thought that Smith himself would be nominated for his role in the film Concussion. You can read more about this in The Guardian article on this topic.
One of my childhood and adulthood heroes has passed on this week.
His album – released two days before he died is topping the charts – not just in the UK, but around the world. A global influence (and I would use the word genius) who will be missed.
This study suggests that children spend too much screen time – and that this is damaging.
Having researched the influences of media on children, I think that these are similar arguments that have been made about television and children in the past.
Too much is bad for them (but not for us as parents).
What do you think?
How much is too much?
Does it effect you? (Apparently 1 extra hour at 14 years leads to 2 lower grades at GCSE – do you disagree)?
I would be interested to hear your opinions.