Media For Kids And Teens
Jul 17, 2013 — Barbie sales have slumped. But Monster High is doing great. That's another line of dolls from Mattel — imagine even skinnier Barbies that look like they've been designed by Tim Burton. And the Monster High dolls have been a success, spawning hordes of ghoulish imitators.
Jul 9, 2013 — Toy cars — from pedal-powered roadsters to Matchbox and Hot Wheels sets — are more than just child's play. Kids' preferences in their toys can point towards future automotive trends, like a growing fondness for eco-friendly cars, and licensing deals can build brand loyalty at a very young age.
Jun 29, 2013 — Lego introduced a line of characters and sets that helped the company reach girls successfully. But some question what's wrong with girls playing with plain old Legos, and what this line is telling them.
Jun 26, 2013 — Telemundo's Spanish children's version of The Voice is the network's top-rated show, and the first of its kind to be produced in the U.S. Endearing scenes of children bursting into tears or getting hugs and kisses from their coaches help set it apart from other reality TV conversion attempts.
Jun 25, 2013 — Nearly a quarter of all public school kids are Latino, but only 3 percent of kids' books are by or about Latinos. There's a similar dearth of Native American, black and Asian characters. Why? One editor says librarians, with their high demand for multicultural books, don't drive best-seller lists.
Jun 24, 2013 — Disney is about to release the video game Disney: Infinity. Each game comes with a collectible toy figurine that activates parts of the game when placed on a special base. In the game, different Disney characters will interact with each other. Captain Jack Sparrow can play or fight with Mr. Incredible in the world of The Nightmare Before Christmas. To understand the new Disney game, you first need to look at another game that's been a blockbuster for Activision, Skylanders.
Jun 21, 2013 — The kendama is a traditional wooden toy, but its appeal is spreading rapidly.
Jun 19, 2013 — NPR's Neda Ulaby investigates a trend in toys that sounds awfully familiar: Manufacturers are finding new ways to get kids interested in playing with blocks, both real and virtual.
Jun 17, 2013 — There was a time — a time long, long ago — when MySpace dominated the teen social-media world. Not anymore. NPR's Sami Yenigun looks at how teenagers use various social platforms in today's increasingly segmented online universe.
Jun 17, 2013 — Adventure Time isn't your typical cartoon, but it's capturing an audience of kids and adults who believe it's getting at something special.