We have been learning about different types of media and how the messages we see and hear affect our views, in both positive and negative ways. Media messages can have a significant impact on us! When we constantly see images of tall, thin, rich, beautiful celebrities, we might begin to question things like beauty, wealth and success. We might begin to wonder how or where we fit in to a society that puts a lot of value into these qualities. We might even begin to form opinions about groups of people because of the stereotypes that we see over and over again in the media.
But we if we become more aware of these messages, if we think critically about what we are seeing and hearing, and if we develop our media literacy, then we will be better equipped to shape our own views of ourselves, each other, and the world.
The students of Division 5 are working on a media inquiry project around a theme of their choosing. Students have chosen to look at how media represents beauty, health/fitness, gender stereotypes, and stereotypes of teenagers. Here is the project outline: Big question final task. Note taking and resource pages can be found on our homework page.
Parents, as you are watching TV, movies, the news, or commercials, please continue the conversation around media at home. Here is a link to Canada’s Centre for Digital and Media Literacy. It has great tips for parents, and lots of information kids can use for this project or their own interests. http://mediasmarts.ca/parents