Women’s History Month

What is Women’s History Month? It’s March, so let’s not forget about Women’s History Month! Before we dive into how you can engage in the celebration of this month on social media, I’ll provide a brief background on what women’s history month is and why it’s important not only for our MEDIAGIRLS community but as […]

#REALMEDIAGIRLS of 2021

2021 is winding down, and what a year it’s been. As we look back on the last year, we at MEDIAGIRLS want to reflect on some of the real-life women who made headlines in 2021 and the lessons that they can teach girls+. The six women on this list are some of many who broke […]

Halloween Scares On Social Media

Halloween is upon us, and there’s a lot to be excited about. Costumes, candy, parties, decorations – I like the spooky season as much as the next gal. Still, for every good-natured fright, there are some real scares to account for every Halloween, many of which are exacerbated by social media. Let’s break down three […]

Five Incredible Follows for this Indigenous People’s Day

Fast approaching is one of America’s most complicated and controversial federal holidays: Columbus Day. Commemorating the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas, the modern world essentially begins here. However, we as a culture tend to overlook the bloodshed that shaped the colonial exchange and ultimately led to the founding of the United States. In […]

Pride Month Reading Recommendations

June’s almost here, so Happy Pride, and for that matter, Happy Summer Break (or almost Summer Break)! With the new (or soon-to-be) surge in spare time, MEDIAGIRLS has a few reading recommendations of wonderful, colorful LGBTQIA+ Young Adult novels. Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron (she/her) Let’s start with a relatively recent release with a […]

Checking In and Being Checked Up On: Navigating Social Isolation, Together

We’re in a global pandemic and, as a result, our methods of communication are limited. How can girls combat the feelings of loneliness that come with social isolation? In this piece, MEDIAGIRLS Editorial Intern Melody Tuan explores how girls can overcome feelings of disconnectedness, together. The way we interact has changed due to our shift […]

The Importance of a Young Voter’s Voice

As the 2020 election cycle concludes, we can see that a record number of young people cast their ballots, at odds with previous statistics on young voter turnout. But, why is turnout typically so low for young people? What should politicians do to make sure younger generations are engaged enough in the political process? In […]

TV Shows to Watch with Your Teen Girls

With the 72nd Emmys having just concluded, we think it’s time MEDIAGIRLS weighed in with our TV recommendations – both old and new! – to watch with (or just recommend to) the teen and tween girls in your life. MEDIAGIRLS Editorial Volunteer, Isabella Libreros, gives voice to our TV recs while demonstrating the importance of […]

What is the right age for girls to get their own social media accounts?

As girls are spending more time online than ever before due to COVID-19, this question becomes an especially difficult one to answer. In this blog post, Editorial Volunteer Isabela Rocha explores this topic with the help of parents and experts. Nadia Mullin allows her 8-year-old daughter to watch YouTube videos under supervision, which she said […]

MEDIAGIRLS Goes Live with Eight Virtual Workshops

“I don’t know what my daughter is doing all day on her phone but I need to get work done so I just hope it’s not too awful.” “I saw my nieces scrolling through their Instagram last week, and the images of women were so fake and sexualized that I wanted to cry.” “My girl […]

MEDIAGIRLS Virtual Workshops

In this series of eight virtual workshops, pre-teen and teen girls will have fun while learning how media influences their well-being and how to help transform media culture. Participants gain the necessary tools to deconstruct media, understand how media messages influence their feelings of self-worth, and create positive and inspiring content. Girls will spend approximately […]

Your Anti-Racism Questions… Answered (Part 3 of 3)

In the last month, MEDIAGIRLS ran our Anti-Racism Workshop: “How Can Girls Help Take Down Racism with Instagram and TikTok?” We were flooded with questions at the end of the workshop, which we ran twice, and were not able to answer all of them due to time constraints. But the questions were thoughtful and important, […]

Your Anti-Racism Questions… Answered (Part 2 of 3)

In the last month, MEDIAGIRLS ran our Anti-Racism Workshop: “How Can Girls Help Take Down Racism with Instagram and TikTok?” We were flooded with questions at the end of the workshop, which we ran twice, and were not able to answer all of them due to time constraints. But the questions were thoughtful and important, […]

Your Anti-Racism Questions…Answered (Part 1 of 3)

In the last month, MEDIAGIRLS ran our anti-racism workshop: “How Can Girls Help Take Down Racism with Instagram and TikTok?” We were flooded with questions at the end of the workshop, which we ran twice, and were not able to answer all of them due to time constraints. But the questions were thoughtful and important, […]

Virtual Workshop: How Can Girls Help Take Down Racism with Instagram & TikTok?

Reach out if you’d like to bring our workshop to your company! NOTE: We initially hosted this workshop on June 25th and July 9th, and have received many requests from companies and schools to have us present it for their community. Interested in bringing it to YOUR staff? Learn more. How is racism baked into […]

Are You and Your Girl(s) Celebrating the Tiny Wins?

A mentoring strategy to help boost resilience long past quarantine  Like a lot of teen girls–and perhaps most of the human population right now–my daughter hit a quarantine roadblock this week. “I was doing pretty well with a daily schedule and making healthy food choices and stuff,” she told me. “But now, I’m staying up […]

Let Your Body Curate Your Social Media Feed

Note: If you are an adult, we hope you’ll find this post helpful in curating your social media feed to feel less stressed, more grounded. We ask that you share it with a girl(s) in your life who you think it will help. It is so easy to lose yourself in the limitless scroll of […]

Positive Media Content Your Girl(s) Should Know About!

One of the many concerns for parents and educators right now is that we don’t know what media content our kids are absorbing while they’re scrolling. Is it healthy? Is it harmful, possibly scary? Where can girls even go right now to find content that will inspire and uplift them? Together, a group of nonprofits […]

Teaching Girls to Say NO to Nudes

“My daughter definitely hasn’t been asked to send nude pictures to boys,” said one mom at a recent MEDIAGIRLS parent talk. “It’s not a thing at our school,” said another mom. “Wait, what are ‘nudes?!’” asked a dad looking appalled. “Nudes” are sexually explicit pictures or videos – taken fully or partially naked – that […]

Why Your Girl+ Loves TikTok, and What You Should Know about It!

Since the early 2000s, pre-teens and teens have buzzed through social media apps as quickly as trends go by. Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, and Facebook have been the most frequently tapped into, but in 2018, TikTok received more downloads than the latter three. The video-sharing app has stepped onto the social media scene and is […]

How Can Kids Learn Respect While Adults Throw Verbal Grenades on Social Media?

I know that people attack each other on social media every day, every minute. For many, it’s practically a pastime. As the Executive Director of a nonprofit that teaches girls and young women to use social media in healthy and empowering ways, I am steeped in this world. Yet, I was still shocked this month […]

The MEDIAGIRLS Podcast is Live!

“Why does my daughter have six different Instagram accounts?” “What do I tell my niece when she says she was asked to send a boy a ‘nude?’” “I can’t tell if Lizzo’s music video is empowering or demeaning for girls. Which is it?” These are just a few of the questions MEDIAGIRLS staff are asked […]

MEDIAGIRLS Weigh In on the New Year’s Scale Obsession

“This is the year I’m going to drop 10 pounds!” How many times and for how many decades have we heard girls and women of all ages tie their New Year’s resolution to weight loss? The pressure to become a ‘whole new you’ too often means starting a diet, joining a gym, and ultimately weight […]

MEDIAGIRLS Presents: LITTLE WOMEN Screening Jan. 12th

Tix are sold out – join our waiting list Description MEDIAGIRLS is hosting a Boston-area screening of the latest adaptation of Little Women, Louisa May Alcott’s coming-of-age period drama. Written and directed by Greta Gerwig, this 8th adaptation of the film, rated PG, stars Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, Laura Dern, Timothée Chalamet and […]