Thursday, June 2, 2011

Healthy MEdia Community Conversation in Alabama

On Friday, May 6, 2011, Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama and the Children’s Policy Council of Jefferson County hosted a Healthy Media Images Community Conversation. The event highlighted panelists that discussed the impact of media images on children, especially young girls. The panel included Heather Austin, Ph.D., Children's Hospital; Tina Savas, Author, Women of True Grit; Brittany Trotman, editor; and America Hosch, a current Girl Scout. The panelists helped identify solutions to help young people encounter media images that inspire, empower and engage. The Community Conversation brought awareness to not just what kids watch, but how they watch it, emphasizing that every child should be influenced by media that promotes confidence and character. Along with GSNCA, the event was co-hosted by Kappa Delta, the Children’s Policy Council of Jefferson County and Bright House Networks.

Geena Davis, Academy Award-winning Actor and Founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, and Deborah Taylor Tate, former FCC Commissioner, recently joined forces to launch Healthy MEdia: Commission for Positive Images of Women and Girls. Working together with teen Girl Scouts and other commission members including Katherine Schwarzenegger, Emme, Nancy Snyderman, NBC Chief Medical Editor, and Ann Shoket, Editor-in-Chief of Seventeen Magazine, the group will lead the national conversation about how to ensure we are creating a positive media environment for our children.