This interactive unit is designed to help kids between the ages of 5 and 8 recognize the marketing techniques used on commercial websites that target children.
Always popular with young people for decades now, films carry with them their own set of concerns such as representations of violence, diversity and stereotyping. The following section explores movies and the related issues that are relevant for different age groups.
Concerns about video games include the time children and teens spend playing them, the physical effects of an inactive lifestyle, and the violent or sexist content of many games. Playing video games can be a positive experience if we understand the issues involved, choose games wisely and control screen time.
This lesson introduces students to the ways in which advertising can affect their food choices.
We want to encourage kids to form opinions about what they watch - to react to what they see on the screen. In this lesson, children begin to think about basic concepts - such as how audiences interpret meaning, and the constructed world of television and film.
In this lesson, students identify stereotypical images of girls and women as represented by female action heroes.
This lesson looks at food photography and the different techniques used by food stylists to make foods look appealing in advertisements.
This lesson looks at the increasing prominence of gambling in the media, particularly movies and television.
In this lesson, students are introduced to the ways video games may impact their mental and physical health. Students start with a reflection on their use of video games, specifically the amount of time they play and the role of games in their lives. This is followed by a class activity based on several key questions relating to the positive and/or negative effects video games may have on our health. Finally, students will be given an opportunity to debate key claims on the health effects of video games.
In this lesson, students examine the visual codes used on television and in movies through an exploration of various camera techniques. Students begin with a discussion about camera-subject distance, and review various film techniques that are used to create visual meaning.