Saturday, January 18, 2014

Cyber Lecture for Educators

Cyber Addiction Recovery Center

"Empowering Educators in an Evolving Media Landscape"

This presentation addresses the rapidly evolving changes in media and technology that confront educators as they proceed into the 21st century. Students are now presented with opportunities, challenges, and risks related to the evolving media landscape that can be difficult for educators to understand and successfully navigate.

This presentation will engage educators in an in-depth discussion of current media and technological advances and challenges.

This presentation will cover the following topics:

Technology overuse and adolescent mental health
Risky behaviors and online safety
Privacy, publicity, and reputation
Information dissemination: youth-created content and quality of information
Benefits of electronic media for youth
Risks of electronic media for youth
Peer-two-peer harm on the Internet
Problematic content on the Internet
Effectiveness of content control technologies and protective strategies on the Internet

This presentation can be scheduled for a teacher in-service or retreat. This presentation can be scheduled for 2, 3, or 4 hours (depending on the needs and time constraints of the audience)

For more information contact Christopher Mulligan:
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Thursday, January 16, 2014

The 5 C's for for safe media consumption

The Center for Media and Child Health at Harvard recommends the 5 C's for shaping media's influence on your child or teen:

Control time: No more that 1 to 2 hours per day (max).

Content matters: All media is educational. Some forms of media teach accurate and healthy lessons while others teach distorted and harmful lessons.

Context is important: Where, when, how, why and WITH WHOM young people use media strongly influences whether the media enriches or harms children.

Critical thinking: Teaching children active, critical media use is essential for healthy development.

Create and model media mastery: What we feed children's minds is as important as what we feed their bodies. Teach children a healthy media diet and continually engage in a discussion about media rather than passively consuming media.