Webinar from the Northeast Networks Group: “Boyhood and the Media in Afterschool”

NJSACC is a member of the Northeast Networks Group is a collaboration of eight northeast-based Statewide Afterschool Networks.   Each month one of the member Networks host a webinar.

The May webinar is hosted by the Maine AfterSchool Network.

May 31, 11am-12pm (1 hour)

Jock. Slacker. Gangster. Superhero. Goofball. Player. This presentation explores the narrow version of boyhood that is packaged and sold to boys by media and marketers – and what parents, teachers, and others who work with boys can do about it. From cartoons to videogames to movies, from toys to Halloween costumes to energy drinks, boys are fed a steady diet of stereotypes about what it means to be a man, including messages about violence, risk-taking, and sexual promiscuity. This presentation offers an overview of this “cultural landscape” that boys confront everyday, and provides insight and information that can be used to help boys resist these negative messages and limiting stereotypes.

Presenter: Mark Tappan is Professor of Education and Human Development and Chair of the Education Program at Colby College. His research and teaching interests include boys’ development and education, positive youth development, and multicultural/social justice education. He is co-author (with Lyn Mikel Brown and Sharon Lamb) of Packaging Boyhood: Saving our Sons from Superheroes, Slackers, and Other Media Stereotypes (St. Martins, 2009). He is also the co-chair of the Greater Waterville Communities for Children and Youth Coalition and a founding member of the Maine Boys’ Network.



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