APA’s Public Interest Directorate spearheads Healthy Media for Youth Week
The PI Directorate led efforts around Healthy Media for Youth Week from July 12-16, to highlight the resources that psychologists have developed to create healthy media for youth. The week included a focus on: resources for parents; the role of men and boys in healthier female-focused media; and the impact of negative media on self esteem and body image. Links and content are live on the Public Interest Government Relations Office (PI-GRO) Web site and APA Facebook page.
The Public Interest Government Relations Office (PI-GRO) initiated the introduction of related legislation, the Healthy Media for Youth Act, H.R. 4925, sponsored by Representative Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Representative Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV). Based on many of the recommendations from the 2007 APA Sexualization of Girls Task Force report, the Healthy Media for Youth Act would: authorize media literacy and youth empowerment programs; increase research on the impact of negative media; and develop a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) National Taskforce to develop voluntary guidelines for promoting healthy images of girls and women in media.