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.
In this section, we explore common media representations of people with disabilities. We also discuss issues relating to people with disabilities finding work in media and challenge common assumptions about people with physical and mental disabilities.
This lesson helps students understand how self-image can influence lifestyle choices.
In this lesson, students explore their beliefs and values about independence – and how cigarette advertising exploits peoples’ desires for greater freedom.
In this lesson, students explore various avenues for expressing concern and influencing public opinion about the health hazards of smoking.
In this lesson, students analyze their own body image and consider what they wish they could change.
In this lesson, students explore the issues surrounding violent video games. The lesson begins with a review of the Entertainment Software Rating Board’s rating codes for video and computer games, and a class discussion about the appropriateness of these ratings for children and teens.
In this lesson, students explore how advertising leverage can lead to censorship of information about public health issues.
In this lesson, students debate the effectiveness of health warning labels on tobacco products.
In this lesson, students learn how the tobacco industry targets the needs, wishes and desires of young people in order to sell cigarettes.