Resources for Media Literacy Education

In response to my recent articles regarding the need for media literacy in school prevention programs, I am posting a list of resources for teachers and parents.

I will continue to add to this; please contact me if you would like to be added as a resource.

Organizations which Offer Education Curriculum

Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood:   Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) is a national coalition of health care professionals, educators, advocacy groups, parents, and individuals who care about children. CCFC is the only national organization devoted to limiting the impact of commercial culture on children.  CCFC’s staff and Steering Committee are activists, authors, and leading experts on the impact of media and marketing on children.  Most of us are also parents.

Center on Media and Child Health:   The Center on Media and Child Health at Children’s Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard School of Public Health is dedicated to understanding and responding to the effects of media on the physical, mental, and social health of children through research, translation, and education.

Center for Media Literacy (CML):  CML is an educational organization that provides leadership, public education, professional development and educational resources nationally and internationally. Dedicated to promoting and supporting media literacy education as a framework for accessing, analyzing, evaluating, creating and participating with media content, CML works to help citizens, especially the young, develop critical thinking and media production skills needed to live fully in the 21st century media culture.

Common Sense Media:  Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology.
We exist because our nation’s children spend more time with media and digital activities than they do with their families or in school, which profoundly impacts their social, emotional, and physical development . As a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization, we provide trustworthy information and tools, as well as an independent forum, so that families can have a choice and a voice about the media they consume.

Cover Girl Culture:  Cover Girl Culture is a documentary film exploring the impact of media on girls and women in our society.  Through exclusive interviews with the editors of Teen Vogue and Elle magazines the film takes a hard look at the fashion industry and the messages it coveys to young people.  It also reveals the pressure tweens/teens face from our celebrity-centered-culture and the shocking problems caused by the sexualization of girls by the media.  The classroom edition is 60 minutes and comes with curriculum for schools.  The director, Nicole Clark, also offers workshops for girls in grades 5-8 and also 9-12 on self-esteem, body-image, and media literacy.

Jean Kilbourne:  Jean Kilbourne is internationally recognized for her groundbreaking work on the image of women in advertising and for her critical studies of alcohol and tobacco advertising.   She is available for lectures, and she offers a lengthy list of resources on her website.

Learning About Multimedia Project (LAMP):   The LAMP is a non-profit organization creating a grassroots movement to reform and improve media. This is achieved through free media literacy workshops and public events for youth, parents and educators.

Media Education Foundation (MEF):  The Media Education Foundation produces and distributes documentary films and other educational resources to inspire critical thinking about the social, political, and cultural impact of American mass media.

Recommended:

Killing Us Softly 4: Advertising’s Image of Women
Consuming Kids: Commercialization of Childhood
Dreamworlds 3: Desire, Sex, and Power in Music Video

Media Literacy Clearinghouse:  Frank W. Baker offers assistance to K-12 educators who want to:
- teach standards that include non-print, media texts
- learn more about media literacy
- integrate it into classroom instruction
- help students read the media
- help students become more media aware- locate appropriate resources

Media Smarts: Launched in November 2002, Media Smart is a non profit media literacy programme for school children aged 6 to 11 years old, focused on advertising. Media Smart develops and provides, free of charge and on request, educational materials to primary schools that teach children to think critically about advertising in the context of their daily lives. Our materials use real examples of advertising to teach core media literacy skills.

Women Make Movies (WMM):  Established in 1972 to address the under representation and misrepresentation of women in the media industry, Women Make Movies is a multicultural, multiracial, non-profit media arts organization which facilitates the production, promotion, distribution and exhibition of independent films and videotapes by and about women.

Recommended:

Cover Girl Culture
Girl Power: All Dolled Up
Sexy Inc.

Books

The Lolita Effect by M. Gigi Durham

So Sexy So Soon by Jean Kilbourne, Ed. D. and Diane E. Levin, Ph.D.

Can’t Buy My Love by Jean Kilbourne, Ed. D.

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