Diane Levin

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Diane Levin is an American author, educator, and advocate known for her work in media literacy and media effects on children.

Levin is a professor of education at Wheelock College in Boston. She teaches courses on children's play, violence prevention and media literacy. Together with her colleague, Gail Dines, Levin teaches an annual summer seminar at Wheelock college. The institute: "Media Education in a Violent Society" was developed to address the effects of media violence on children.

Since 1985, Levin has been working with issues of violence in media culture and its effects on children, families, and schools.

She is a founder of TRUCE (Teachers Resisting Unhealthy Children's Entertainment) [1]. Every year before the December holidays, TRUCE publishes a "Toy Action Guide" on their website. TRUCE also has a Media and Young Children Action Guide on line. Levin is also a founder of CCFC, the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and Defending the Early Years (www.dey.org)

Companies, products, marketing practices & corporations criticized by Levin and the CCFC include, but are not limited to:

BusRadio, Barbie, Channel One News, marketing in schools, marketing to infants and children under 8, and highly sexualized marketing.

Levin blogs for the Huffington Post at: www.huffingtonpost.com/diane-levin/


  • Beyond Remote-Controlled Childhood: Teaching Young Children in the Media Age
  • So Sexy So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood and What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids
  • The War Play Dilemma: What Every Parent and Teacher Needs to Know
  • Teaching Young Children in Violent Times: Building a Peaceable Classroom
  • Remote Control Childhood? Combating the Hazards of Media Culture
  • Before Push Comes to Shove: Building Conflict Resolution Skills with Children
  • Who's Calling the Shots? How to Respond Effectively to Children's Fascination with War Play and War Toys

External links[edit]

  • TRUCE (Teaching Resisting Unhealthy Children's Entertainment)
  • CCFC
  • DEY (Defending the Early Years)