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Shari Graydon

Shari Graydon

Children’s Rights and Media Potential: We Can Do Better

Date Recorded: Jan 27th, 2006
Recorded At: Nelson, BC
Recorded By: Kootenay Coop Radio
Duration: 59:00  

Topic Background

The U.N Convention on the Rights of the Child, the most endorsed Human Rights treaty in the world, cites that in all actions concerning children, children have the right to be treated with their best interests in mind, and encourages states to protect children from information which may compromise their well-being. Shari Graydon maintains that the current climate of commercial media advertising is manipulative and misleading and tramples on this fundamental children’s right.

Speaker Biography

Author of two books on media and advertising’s effect on children and teens, Shari Graydon is also the former chair of the national women’s organization Media Watch. And the current president of the Women’s Future Fund.Her most recent book, In Your Face: The Culture of Beauty and You, won the 2005 Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction. The book encourages readers to look critically at the evolving culture of beauty. Her previous book, Made You Look: How Advertising Really Works and Why You Should Know is an empowering self defence kit for children and teens, with facts and anecdotes on the booming industry of marketing to children.

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