Parenting Through Pop Culture

Essays on Navigating Media with Children


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About the Book

With the ever-increasing amount of media children are consuming, it has become important for parents to learn how to help them navigate this consumption productively. All too often, the only approach to screen time by parents is a question of limiting how much and what kind. Instead, if parents and educators can adopt a more nuanced relationship to media and education, adults and children can come together in order to engage with and deconstruct the messages that are embedded in popular culture. This enables children to become more informed citizens.
This collection seeks to do just that by providing a series of essays on strategies to engage children with varying topics and programming to ensure that media consumption is an active process that promotes social and political awareness instead of apathetic entertainment.

About the Author(s)

JL Schatz is the director of debate at Binghamton University, where he teaches courses on media and politics out of the English department. He has published book chapters and journal articles on representations of apocalypse, environment and disability, as well as subjectivity in relation to teaching pedagogy in debate. He lives in Vestal, New York.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by JL Schatz
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 166
Bibliographic Info: bibliographies, index
Copyright Date: 2020
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7694-4
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3979-6
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Introduction: Making Sure Media Matters
JL Schatz 1
Part One
Parents? We Don’t Need No Stinking Parents: A Discussion of Television’s Pursuit of a Parentless Society
Ryan Vaughan 12
Un-Parented Children: Media’s Message to Combat
Charity Gibson 26
Cloudy with a Chance of Ecological Justice: Creating Alternative Storylines for Children
Amber E. George and Jacob E. Gindi 40
Funneling Fatherhood, Masculinity and the Super-Dad Through a Critique of Mr. Incredible and Ant-Man
Anne Bialowas and Ryan Cheek 57
Social Media and the Activist Child
Mike Catello 73
Part Two
Curious George Explores the Diaspora: Postcolonial Children’s Literary Criticism
Rae Lynn Schwartz-DuPre 86
Odd Squad Pedagogy: Learning from Children Together as a Team
Kevin D. Kuswa 104
Lying Our Way to Truth: The Fun of Exploring Life with Calvin and Hobbes
Amar Singh 118
What Is Beauty, What Is Beast? The Edutainment Value of Condon’s Beauty and the Beast
Debaditya Mukhopadhyay 128
The Mediation of Scientific Neutrality: She-Ra’s Warning of Erring Toward Evil Through Disinterested Inquiry
JL Schatz 141
About the Contributors 155
Index 157