Moody Mondays, Children’s Rights as Human Rights in Popular Culture: do studies change things? and Public Transportation vs. Adulting

I think that most people often forget (or never knew) the importance of safe and clean mass transit, especially for kids. Particularly for kids who do not have a safe home or responsible parents, and thus must “Adult” for themselves, despite being kids. So, no car, no driver’s license, and maybe no dinner or breakfast means that safe mass transit is crucial to safety for children (especially abused or severely neglected children).

But what about the research: do we need studies to show this, too?

I am considering starting a study of Childrens Right’s as Human Rights in Popular Culture:

1. Astérix en Hispanie (le quatorzième album de la série/14th comic in the series)
et Astérix : Le Domaine des dieux
2. Sihirli Annem (esp. ep. 45 or 46?)
3. Harry Potter

With focus = ways that these shows empower kids to collaborate in preventing the abuse of others, and showing/understanding how this aid affects future adults ?

If such research has not yet been done,
I need to search the background literature (will need journal access via university libraries) and then figure out a methodology -a simple one like case studies.

But what would such a study add to the body of knowledge, and more importantly, to policy decision-making?


I guess I’m no longer considering such research, but I’d still like to know how you all, Dear Readers, think that academic research and policy papers fit into the grand scheme of things.

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Action Items in support of literacy and hope that you can take right now:

1.) Search for two different research papers on a topic.

2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please.

3.) Share your thoughts on how you like each of the papers, and how you think they might make an impact.

4.) Write a blog post, book, or tweet that uses that research, tells a good story, and makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill. Once published, donate one or more copies to your local public library, as I intend to do.

Dear Readers, any additional ideas toward learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning as part of on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind? 

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
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22 thoughts on “Moody Mondays, Children’s Rights as Human Rights in Popular Culture: do studies change things? and Public Transportation vs. Adulting

  1. I don’t know if studies change things. I activism has been set aside for the most part because of health issues but I was very active in Size Acceptance/Fat Acceptance – better quality of life for Fat People. It’s an uphill fight. No matter how many studies come out about how dieting doesn’t work, NOT in the long haul, there is still pervasive fat phobia that actively harms fat people.

    I brought this up because even more disturbing than ruining the health and qualify of life for adults, fat phobia has been targeted toward children. Bariatric surgery is done on younger and younger patients. Children who have not yet fully grown are having their stomachs amputated to get thin. Self esteem is down. Eating disorders are up. Have the studies helped prevent this? Not that I can see. But on the other hand… we still need scientific empirical evidence if we are ever to make a dent on changing public perception and ultimately public policy.

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    1. Hi, JeanMarie:
      Thank you for commenting!

      I wonder if those studies give (and academics are often discouraged from actively recommending Action Items in studies, as opposed to Future Research, at least as of 2010…) any specific action items, and if the studies and their findings were widely publicized?
      It often seems that evidence is too complex to be ‘sound-bited’ accurately, and this is difficult for our current TL:DR society to bother with?

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      1. I’m not sure what TL:DR society is. But yes, public perception is largely determined by the media and if it doesn’t come in a soundbite, it’s hard for an idea to gain traction. In the case of fat acceptance, fatness has long been demonized and stigmatized in this society. It is one of the problems with “isms” of all kinds (size-ism, racism, sexism, etc.) Fifty years after the gains of the Civil Rights movement, Black people are still fighting to their right to survive, unmolested by police, etc. in this country.

        I’ve become a cynic. Gone is the naivete of my younger days. I still think change is possible but it’s not just one-and-done.

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        1. Oops, sorry! TL:DR is “Too Long: Didn’t Read”
          I’m no longer young, and I agree that change is not one-&-done, it never is, and you are most right, I agree, that we do have to keep pushing for justice and safety and enough for All.
          Thank you for not giving up.

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  2. I am wondering why children need to take public transportation, i.e. for which purpose? Schools are always within walking distance, and if not, there are school buses. Where do they need to go by public transit?
    As to studies, usually academic research is funded, in most cases by interest groups. If you find an entity interested in your research theme, whether corporate or non-profit, the findings will eventually have wider impact.
    Much love,

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    1. 1. When I was a kid, I needed to take the bus bus and metro to get to school, and to anywhere else I needed to go, as in middle school, transpo. of my guardians was unstable, and in high school, I had to transport myself, so metro was it.
      Many kids are in this situation.
      As to academia, my research was in university, and I only knew researchers in other universities, as PhD and post-docs, although I know that non-academic sources do fund research, normally one needs to be affiliated with a university, or so I thought.

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        1. Yes, many, unfortunately. In DC we were mostly lucky to have a fairly good metro system with rail and buses, which all HS students use, but the problem as getting to outlying areas, where the system has less coverage. Security is also a problem, especially, I hear, up in NY, on their subway. But kids with abusive/neglectful parents who live outside of large cities are even worse off, having almost no transport.

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          1. This is a serious problem then. We don’t have it here, since public transportation is almost non-existent, and the school buses system is very well set up. Even private scholls use school buses approved by the school districts. We don’t have suburbia as such., but kids in rural Florida are served by school buses.

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        2. I still feel bad, recalling my great grandmother’s upset face, trying to get me to accept her meager savings rather than work my graveyard shift job in high school, because it was in Dupont Circle, which was a major drug area in the late 80s, but also a major transit hub which I had to pass through. But I had no choice, and so I had to console her while refusing her savings (as she took metro herself and was in “the old folks home” ). That was hard, but seeing classmates of mine in even worse situations was harder. I cut my hair very short, kept my fingernails trimmed, never wore makeup, and walked very fast. Being an introvert also probably kept me safer, perhaps.

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            1. Thank you for the Air Hugs, Dolly: this is why it is so important to me to fight not only for the safe public transport that would be a temporary solution for such kids, but for a safer society all around, that would be a better solution for kids and adults.

              No one should have to live at the mercy of another person: we have the resources, and we have the knowledge, if only we had the will.

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            2. Funny you should say that, darling! I am teaching Erikson’s theory today; it usually opens students’ minds to a simple fact: kids are at someone else’s mercy until late adolescence. Then we have a discussion in teams as to what could be done to protect children in modern society.
              Have a wonderful day, dear Shira!

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            3. That is good to hear: in my late adolescence (16-18 yr old), I kept running into the problem that my teachers all knew my situation (effectively guardian-less), and made sure that I had food, clothing, and shelter, but could do nothing about paperwork problems, which I was not yet allowed to sign.
              If I’d had the knowledge and resources, becoming an emancipated minor would have helped alot, since I was already supporting myself financially anyway.

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