Resources for helping get rid of all that unwanted media buzz.
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Just a short list of why you want to take the time to remove all extraneous media from your mind and your children. For example: The average American youth spends 900 hours in school and 1,023 hours watching television. When you consider that most children are in school more hours than they are with their parents, you begin to realize that actually television is raising our children. The other 9 reasons will give you a clue as to what kind of parenting skills a televion has.
Consciously choose the media you engage with is the first way to become a media activist. I would say everything else is extra. These 20 acts will bring you into your own thinking pretty fast.
If you want to see what "they" don't want you to know, read banned books. I aspire to being on this list one day.
This is a 2004 and updated in 2011 Australian media kit for helping media professionals report on family violence. The significance of reading this is not to inform you of these tragic numbers which represent lives, but to help you become aware of the problem inherent in reporting about this subject. It is our responsibility to become aware of the "spin" the media puts on stories. This kit is trying to help them get it right, which immediately begs the question, "Why are they getting it wrong?" and "What else are they reporting erroneously and for what purpose?"
War is not natural. Thank you Margaret Mead for explaining that so well. Given the coverage of war(s), one would think that it was the normal way of behaving. This article presents an alternate view.
This 2005 Guide assists caregivers in determining whether a child is ready to go to school and be successful in a learning environment. Sitting in front of a television set, ipad, and/or computer screen won't do it. These strategies will work on any child at any age to help them get up to speed in terms of ability to learn. It is specific to early childhood (ages 0-3), but can be applied to any age group.
Parents should also care about games. This article explains the benefits of using a game to immerse a child in a situation that will allow him/her to learn problem solving, develop self-confidence, and possibly explore roles that would be unavailable otherwise all while learning curricula. Educators and parents need to understand how this kind of immersive environment changes the child's brain for better and worse. Knowing what's happening takes us right back to the #1 way of becoming a media activist: Consciously choose the media you engage with