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Level: Grades 5 to 7
In this lesson, students become aware of the types and amounts of violence in children's programming, and how media violence influences young viewers. The lesson begins with a class discussion about different forms of violence and the types of violent acts that are regularly featured on TV. Students assess their own attitudes toward violence by determining what violent media content is suitable, and not suitable, for younger children. After reviewing existing rating codes, students create codes of their own. Based on a poll of younger children, students will then select, review, and rate favourite children's programs.
This lesson and all associated documents (handouts, overheads, backgrounders) is available in an easy-print, pdf kit version.
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