Media has a powerful influence on our lives, and especially in the development of our children. It can shape young people's beliefs and aspirations, their sense of self and understanding of the world around them. . . By empowering our young people with a better understanding of the media, we can help them control their relationship with the vast array of media messages they receive in their everyday environment.
1996 Conference on Media Education
Media Literacy education for youth promotes critical thinking skills and reduces the power media have on defining what is normal. The Alaska Injury Prevention Center and staff from Anchorage School District's Safe and Drug Free Schools designed a media literacy curriculum guide for teachers Creating Powerful Media. Its goals are to:
Creating Powerful Media is a two part curriculum: Introduction to Media Literacy, followed by Using Media Literacy for Social Marketing.
Here you can download the Media Literacy Teaching Manual. It is 89 pages.
Cultivating critical thinking and activism in our media culture to build healthy and just communities. http://www.nmmlp.org/
The Marin Institute fights to protect the public from the impact of the alcohol industry’s negative practices. We monitor and expose the alcohol industry’s harmful actions related to products, promotions and social influence, and support communities in their efforts to reject these damaging activities. http://www.marininstitute.org/site/
A pioneer in its field, the Center for Media Literacy (CML) is an educational organization that provides leadership, public education, professional development and educational resources nationally. http://www.medialit.org/
Dr. Peter DeBenedittis is dedicated to creating a cultural revolution around media. http://www.medialiteracy.net/