Early Life and Childhood/Youth Prompts

Prompt One

Parents (and parents-to-be) are vulnerable consumers, right?! After reviewing the Birth slides and at least three readings or other resources at the Early Life Matters content page, respond to the following:

What information confirms for you that people planning families are vulnerable to those selling them unneeded, perhaps unsafe, “stuff” (whether medical, luxury, or other)? What do you think most pre-parents and young parents would really like to know in order to make the best choices possible for themselves and their new/future children?

Prompt Two

Children of course start to become consumers in their own right, at some point. However, they’re pretty vulnerable to the decisions made by others, whether those others are policymakers, industries, or their own parents (often influenced by industry or unhealthy policy). After reviewing the Babies_Etc slides and at least three readings or other resources at the Infancy, Childhood, and Youth Matters content page, respond to the following:

How would you talk with a 10-year-old about a consumer health issue you’ve learned about that would be relevant for a person that age? Pay particular attention to the need to bridge the gap between what may, to the child, seem fun or really needed and what you see as an important opportunity to develop healthy consumer behaviors.

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