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The Importance of Media Literacy

“In the 21st Century, the century our children will live in — the century they will, in fact, shape — media literacy will not be a luxury; it will be a necessity.” Linda Ellerbee, journalist, television producer But why is … Continue reading

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“It bleeds, it leads”

It is almost impossible to casually channel surf without coming across violent or aggressive behavior. According to the Media Education Foundation: Research shows media violence has not only increased in quantity, but is more graphic. A 2000 study by the … Continue reading

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Sex Sells

Have you ever heard the old adage, “sex sells?” Well, media campaigns these days are really taking it to heart and are affecting teenagers in countless ways. Check out some of these staggering statistics: Teenagers view 14,000 images of sex … Continue reading

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Political Issues and Children

Politics can be confusing and frustrating enough for adults, and just imagine what that is like for a child who does not understand the issues or campaign methods. It is important to educate children about how to interpret, analyze and evaluate … Continue reading

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Frank Baker

I had the chance to correspond with Frank Baker, a media literacy expert, about his feelings on the importance of media literacy. Baker currently maintains the Media Literacy Clearinghouse website. He has written two books, is working on his third, … Continue reading

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Media Literacy and Alcohol

“It may not be in marketers’ best interest for children to become media literate, but it is society’s responsibility to ensure that they do. We can and should level the playing field on which alcohol marketing is played.” – Professor … Continue reading

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Butt Out Cigarettes

“Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body. Smoking causes many diseases and reduces the health of smokers in general.” – Center for Disease Control and Prevention (http://www.cdc.gov/) This message has been drilled at us from teachers, authorities figures, and … Continue reading

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