Media Literacy Lessons

KEY BODY POSITIVE MESSAGES FOR TEACHERS AND PARENTS

  • Children and adolescents can learn to understand that media are not neutral and influence us for different purposes eg. politics, profit.
  • Teachers can teach and model how to take apart media messages to examine their intent and perspective.
  • The ideal body is culturally, socially and historically defined and media influenced.
  • Media show us only limited views of the world.
  • Both girls’ and boys’ bodies can be mis-represented in media. Girls’ are presented as hyper-sexualized, and boys as hyper-masculinized. Girls’ and boys’ bodies can also be objectified. It is important to recognize that hyper-sexualization and objectification contribute to harassment and discrimination.
  • The media can exaggerate health issues and promote simple solutions for complex issues e.g. BMI monitoring.
  • Social pressure to be a certain size can be resisted by empowering students through critical media literacy studies.