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Balancing Your Family's Media Diet

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A brief presentation for my local elementary school on making smart media choices for families.

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Balancing Your Family's Media Diet

  1. Balancing Your Family's Media Diet: Approaching Television and Other Media Jason Mittell Professor of Media Studies at Middlebury College Parent of three
  2. Myth: Television is worse than other media
  3. Myth: Television is worse than other media Reality: Every medium has its own strengths, limitations, biases, and possibilities
  4. Myth: Watching television is passive
  5. Myth: Watching television is passive Reality: All media can be consumed actively and critically
  6. Myth: Violent media will make your kid violent
  7. Myth: Violent media will make your kid violent Reality: Some media have limited effects on some viewers in some circumstances
  8. Myth: Unplugging the TV is the only answer
  9. Myth: Unplugging the TV is the only answer Reality: Abstinence-only is an unsuccessful strategy
  10. Myth: Children under 2 should never watch TV
  11. Myth: Children under 2 should never watch TV Reality: Kids of any age should watch age-appropriate programming in moderation
  12. Myth: It’s just TV - I shouldn’t worry about it
  13. Myth: It’s just TV - I shouldn’t worry about it Reality: Don’t worry, but think about it - be part of your kids’ media practices
  14. Make “off” the default
  15. Television belongs in family common rooms
  16. Watch with your kids & talk about what you saw
  17. Use technology to take control of media choices
  18. Set-up a media diet of age- appropriate options, schedule, guidelines and limits
  19. Every kid is different
  20. Pick your battles and reject parental guilt!
  21. Resources for Parents & Teachers • Common Sense Media: http://www.commonsensemedia.org • Media Awareness Network: http://www.media-awareness.ca • National Association for Media Literacy Education: http://namle.net

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