Every day our children and students are being taught lessons that WE never wanted them to learn – because they are false and unhealthy. Who are teaching our children these lessons? The media. Today’s media play an increasingly strong role in transmitting values, knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, behaviors, and social norms. We are constantly bombarded while online, driving to and from school by the radio, while reading, and when watching TV.
We need help to make healthy choices and to decipher the truth from lies. This is accomplished by teaching ourselves and our children the skills necessary to assess, analyze, and understand the influence of media in their lives. These critical skills will be increasingly important as young people enjoy greater access to tremendous volumes of information and entertainment through countless media outlets.
Below you will find just a few of the numerous individuals and organizations dedicated to championing media literacy education and providing parents, youth and educators with resources.
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Resources and Links
Please Note: A program or website being mentioned here does not imply endorsement by the School Board of Broward County and does not necessarily reflect its views. Please contact the program developers directly for the most current information.
BEEP: for School District employees, the Discovery Health resource has innumerable videos, classroom exercises and lesson plans.
Long Live Kids is delivered by Concerned Children’s Advertisers provides children, parents and educators with tools (lessons, videos, etc) for healthy eating, violence prevention, active living and improved media literacy.
Media Sharp Leader’s Guide: PDF guide which focuses on analyzing tobacco and alcohol messages.