Media Literacy for Almost-Five-Year-Olds

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If you've been reading this blog for a while, you know that:

  1. We don't have cable.
  2. Karenna is almost five and is a tiny social activist. (I'm sure this comes from her father and I.)



Take for example, her interest in Hannah Montana:
Karenna: Mommy, why don't you like Hannah Montana?
Me (After first trying to dismiss the nagging go by just saying I'm not a fan of Country music...):  Because I don't like the stereotypical characters.
Karenna: What's a stereotype?
Me: Well, uh. It's a wrong idea someone has about all types of people.  Like some people think all women are bad drivers even though that's not true.  Or somebody might think that all people with blonde hair aren't smart, but you know that's not true, because you're blonde and you are very, very smart...
Karenna (Getting very indignant!): Daddy! Mommy told me there's stereotypes and they think blondes aren't smart, but that's not true; I'm very smart; that's very mean!  And they said Mommy's a bad driver; that's not nice! Stereotypes are wrong!


Next came a trip to the grocery store where Jude tried to sneak Spiderman macaroni & cheese into the cart:
Karenna: Why do people buy food if it's not good for them?
Daddy: Because they don't always know it's not good for them.  The food people spend a lot of money to put commercials on TV to get people to buy their food or to put Spiderman on the food so that your brother will make Mommy & Daddy buy it.  Or to make the store put it on the low shelves so that Jude can see it and grab it himself  to put it in our cart.
Karenna: Why do they want my brother to eat bad food?  That's wrong to hurt my brother!


Finally, this morning Karenna told me about a run-in with her school's girl bully:
Karenna: ***** called me a boy yesterday.
Me: Why did she do that?
Karenna: Because I had black on.  She said that's a boy color.
Me: That's a silly reason.  There are no boy colors or girl colors.  What did you do?
Karenna: I know.  I told her she watches too much television.

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