Friday, May 11, 2012

Deborah Taylor Tate is Calling Everyone Join Dialogue on Healthy Images for Women, Girls

This week, Common Sense Media invited Girl Scouts’ Healthy MEdia Commission Co-Chair Deborah Taylor Tate to lead a panel on Capitol Hill about the importance of promoting positive images of women and girls on screen and online.

The Common Sense Symposium on “Impact of Media on the Health and Well-Being of Children” brought together leaders from across the country to discuss how digital media is changing childhood, family life, education, and policy.

As the Nashville Tennessean reported, Tate’s panel on Healthy MEdia “encouraged parents to:

• Know which social networks and other sites their kids use.

• Put media messages in context by discussing the contents of TV shows and movies with kids.

• Arrange technology-free time for the whole family, for example, at the dinner table.

• Focus feedback around their daughters’ goals and not their looks.

• Avoid criticizing their own appearance.

Tate said policymakers, educators and parents also should encourage girls to study science, engineering and math. That way, she said, more women will have the skills to shape the direction of the technology industry.”

Also speaking on the importance of promoting positive and healthy images of women and girls at the symposium were Healthy MEdia Commission Members April McClain Delaney of Common Sense Media and Amy Zucchero of Miss Representation, U.S. Representatives Ed Markey and former Girl Scout Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz, Federal Communications Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, and former Clinton Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers.