What’s going on for adult fans of children’s culture? Some thoughts about the bronies, and other adult fans of My Little Pony.
The Disney Corporation is putting advisory messages about racial stereotyping on some of its historical films and TV shows. How should we deal with problematic representations from the past?
Three decades on from the UN Convention, what does it mean to talk about children’s rights in relation to media?
A proposal to extend the ban on TV junk food advertising isn’t supported by the evidence – and it could cause collateral damage.
Recent controversies about a cute cartoon character are part of a longer history of adults’ responses to media for very young children.
Questioning some of the media hype about ‘mental health’ in recent debates about children, young people and social media.
Announcing my new writing project Growing Up Modern: Childhood, Youth and Popular Culture Since 1945.
Channel 4’s new drama National Treasure has brought the issue of celebrity paedophiles back to public attention. What does the most notorious and well-documented of these cases – that of Jimmy Savile – tell us about the role of media celebrity and children’s culture?
There is growing concern about the role of social media in ‘radicalising’ your people. But the government’s response to this phenomenon is contradictory and likely to prove ineffective. Here’s why we need a more thoughtful approach.
Amid the growing hysteria about childhood obesity, sugar seems to be the new heroin. Yet the official statistics on obesity paint a rather different picture. Inequality, rather than advertising, is the main culprit.