Media Literacy for Safe and Healthy Choices is listed on the National Registry of Evidenced Based Programs and Practices (NREPP), of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) (link) and the NH Center for Excellence Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services (BDAS) (link) for its ability to change attitudes about drugs, violence, and at-risk behavior.
This media literacy/health promotion curriculum for children in grades 4-6, is designed to promote media literacy core skills and reduce risk for violence, bullying, alcohol and tobacco use and poor nutrition.
The curriculum includes 12 integrated lessons. While the effects of 12 lessons are cumulative, units can be taught independently. Each lesson is designed for a 45 minute class period. This program is recommended for teachers, guidance, media specialists, as well as multidisciplinary teams including community educators.
Lessons 1-12 include:
6-9 Substance use
Fast Facts Course Outline (click here)
Media Literacy for Safe and Healthy Choices 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.
“We are pleased to find how effective this program is. We hope that children, teachers and families everywhere benefit from Media Literacy for Safe & Healthy Choices.”
– Dr. Michael Rich, MD, MPH, Director of Center on Media and Child Health at Children’s Hospital Boston/Harvard Medical School
In-person group training programs are also available. Contact us .
NH educators be sure to contact us for a coupon code
Thanks to a generous grant funded by the Office of the Attorney General, New Hampshire educators are provided the curriculum for free when they sign up for training. Effective until Jan 2018.
Purchase Option Details
Media Literacy for Safe and Healthy Choices – Effects of Media Violence (upper elementary)
Training and curriculum– 8 hr, self-paced , comprehensive media literacy professional development course for teachers focusing on media’s influence on violence, aggression & bullying. Includes evidence based 12 media literacy lessons for grades 4-6. (1-5 Violence, 6-9 Substance use, 10-12 Nutrition). $375
Media Literacy for Safe and Healthy Choices – Influence of Media on Substance Use (upper elementary)
Media Literacy Training– 2 hr, self-paced, basic media literacy with focus on media’s influence on tobacco/alcohol use. $150
Media Literacy for Safe and Healthy Choices – Impact of Media Marketing on Nutrition (upper elementary)
Media Literacy Training– 2 hr, self-paced, basic media literacy and its impact on healthy and unhealthy food choices. $150
Media Literacy for Safe and Healthy Choices- curriculum only
*Evidence based curriculum 4-6 grades. *Training for implementation of Media Literacy for Safe & Healthy Choices is required for fidelity to the curriculum’s evidence based status on the National Registry of Evidence Based Programs and Practices (NREPP) of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) www.nrepp.samhsa $200