My Pop Studio
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that My Pop Studio will help their girls understand the pop culture forces that affect their senses of self, and it will do so while entertaining them. Created by one of the leading authorities on media literacy, it uses TV, music, magazines, and digital life to teach girls about the messages in today's media -- and about their own media use.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- reading comprehension
- improvising and music analysis
- conveying messages effectively
- multiple forms of expression
- digital creation
- evaluating media messages
Engagement, Approach, Support
Kids will enjoy using the various media-making tools and may even get into watching other videos and commenting on them. The site design is a little clunky but will still have appeal, especially for younger students.
Learning about media by making it is an effective strategy for deep, lasting learning and critical thinking. It's also empowering for kids as they get tons of control over their pop star's image.
There’s no tutorial or help page, but the straightforward tools may not require much assistance. PDFs for teachers provide some guidance for using materials in the classroom.
What's it about?
MY POP STUDIO is more focused on pop culture's influence than turning your tween into a rock star -- specifically how marketing targets and affects consumers. Through examples involving music, TV, magazines, and digital life, the site illustrates how mass media messages can alter girls' body image perceptions, create rumors, and play into consumers' emotions. Users can style their own pop star, add music and dialogue to change a video's theme, and make magazine editorial calls; additional materials are also available for parents and teachers.
Is it any good?
My Pop Studio challenges girls to think critically about the messages embedded in the pop-media culture in which they marinate, particularly those that influence their attitudes about beauty, nutrition, celebrity culture, and their own identity. Millions of girls spend a significant chunk of their time surfing the Internet, watching MTV, thumbing through teen and celebrity magazines, and listening to CDs by their newest favorite recording stars.
While they may view it as "entertainment," the flood of imagery delivered via all this media is also subtly shaping young girls' social and emotional development, along with their perceptions of body image and health, according to media literacy researchers at Temple University, who created this site aimed at promoting dialogue and strengthening critical thinking and communication skills.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the ways in which pop culture is both enjoyable and manipulative. Who makes the decisions behind what a pop star wears, and whose best interest do those people have in mind?
Are all images in a magazine air-brushed and how does that affect how we view ourselves?What do the TV shows you watch really say about you?