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Media Literacy for Safe & Healthy Choices (grades 4-6)

As educators, you most likely witness first-hand the impact of media on your students. According to the  AAP, American Academy of Pediatrics, “media use risks include negative health effects on sleep, attention, and learning; a higher incidence of obesity and depression; exposure to inaccurate, inappropriate, or unsafe content and contacts; and compromised privacy and confidentiality.”[Pediatrics, October 2016]

Educators everywhere are asking for help and Media Power Youth has heard the call. 

Media Literacy for Safe and Healthy Choices is an evidence-based, media literacy curriculum and training. All needed material are included for implementation in your 4-6 grade classroom: comprehensive teacher’s guide, all lesson plans, handouts, images, video clips and student worksheets.

The curriculum supports easy integration across many subject areas, including language arts, social studies, math, science, health and more. In addition, it aligns with national and state learning standards in multiple subject areas. (List provided- click here)

Students will use critical thinking skills, analysis and deconstruction to evaluate media messages and decide if the message is safe and healthy for them. Having these skills enables students to be more effective consumers of media and positive producers of healthy media messages.

The curriculum includes 12 lessons:

1-5  Effects of Media Violence

6-9  Substance Use Influences in Media

10-12  Media and Food Advertisement

Media Literacy for Safe and Healthy Choices curriculum and training has demonstrated evidence of helping children significantly increase understanding that media and advertising:

  • Have a strong effect on what people think and do.
  • Make violence seem less harmful than in real life.
  • Make smoking & drinking alcohol seem less harmful.
  • Influences amount/types of snacks kids eat drink.
  • Make snacks seem more attractive & healthier than they really are.

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Media Power Youth and Public Consulting Group (PCG) have partnered to bring the nationally recognized Media Literacy for Safe and Healthy Choices training and curriculum for grades 4-6 to educators and students across the country via PepperTM, PCG’s online professional learning network.

Features & Benefits

Includes eight-hour, self-paced online training course for teachers with all materials needed for successful classroom implementation

Participants can connect and collaborate with peers online using forums on the Pepper platform

Media Power Youth’s education team monitors the course and is available for expertise input as you progress through the training.

   Register today!

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Special offer for New Hampshire educators, school districts and community organizations :

 Through a grant from the NH Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General, New Hampshire educators receive training and curriculum at a reduced cost.

Click here for NH registration and rate

Hundreds of educators have already been trained in-person to use the evidence-based, Media Literacy for Safe & Healthy Choices – 4-6 grade curriculum and report great success!

All educators who complete this hands-on, interactive training will receive 8 professional development hours and all curriculum materials to implement the program in their classroom. The additional benefit of an in-person training is the camaraderie experienced as you work through the lessons together. In this training, participants will review most lessons in the curriculum regarding media’s influence on violence; substance use; and nutritional choices.

Media Power Youth continues to offer in-person training throughout New England for groups of 10 people or more.

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Additional Products Coming Soon:

Media Literacy for Safe and Healthy Choices (grades 4-6)- Influence of Media on Substance Use Training

Media Literacy for Safe and Healthy Choices (grades 4-6)- Impact of Media on Nutrition Training

Media Literacy for Safe and Healthy Choices (grades 2-3)- Violence and Bullying Prevention Curriculum & Training

Media Literacy for Safe and Healthy Choices (grades 6-8)- Screenshots Podcast Lessons

Media Literacy for Safe and Healthy Choices (grades 9-12)- Screenshots Podcast Lessons

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