Research on media and youth over the past four decades points to adverse effects of heavy media use on healthy attitudes and behaviors; over the past three decades, media literacy education has become part of the solution. Read and explore links from this research overview from the state policy advocacy non-profit, Media Literacy Now!, which you will find at the bottom of their webpage introducing "What is Media Literacy?" for parents, teachers and voters.
In pages 5-11 of the introduction to Drug Free PA's comprehensive middle and high school curricula, learn what digital media literacy is and how it can help youth understand and respond to the risks and pressures of drugs and alcohol, which are so often misrepresented in the media they use. Follow this link and choose either the middle school or high school curriculum, and read the front matter to learn how media literacy can help kids make good choices.
This classic introduction to the key concepts of media literacy from Canada's non-profit center for digital and media literacy provides brief videos that work just as well for teachers as they do for students. Try using each core concept to analyze the videos themselves!
Explore the first chapter of Health Media Literacy expert Dr. Vanessa Domine's book on the why and how of integrating media literacy with health education across curricula. Healthy Teens, Healthy schools gives historical and contemporary contexts for developing student-centered approaches to health media literacy with adolescents.
In the late 1990s, educators and pediatricians began to advocate for media literacy as a component of health education. This brief article from the Journal of Health Education summarizes the connections from media effects research on youth health to the goals of media literacy practices that may mitigate effects. Consider how many of these same concerns from twenty years ago persist, and what has changed in our media landscape to complicate or add to these issues. How has media literacy adapted?
This article describes how teachers and parents can work to broaden children’s critical engagement of gender representation in media and beyond. The article includes many resource links for addressing gender in media, and features a handy glossary of contemporary terms for gender and sexuality studies. From the Learning About Multimedia Project (The LAMP) in New York City.
A teen-narrated video on the effects of media use on health from BC, Canada. Images encourage young viewers to notice how marketers use media messages to influence their life styles, emotions and behavior. Consider how this 3.5min video could introduce the media-health connection and the need for media literacy--with a lot of pausing to debrief, analyze & discuss!
For middle and high school students, digital interactions play a major role in personal relationships. We hear a lot about the dangers and issues, but how can we make our media use part of healthy relationships? This article from the Learning About Multimedia Project (The LAMP) offers three keys to making life online part of healthy relationships.