Maintaining a healthy balance between entertainment media and other activities in children’s lives has always been a challenge. The Internet has made this challenge even more difficult. This section explores how to recognize when excessive use has become problematic and how to address the issue.
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.
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 how advertising leverage can lead to censorship of information about public health issues.
Because of the ways that digital media leave out many of the cues that prompt us to feel empathy, it is easy for young people to sometimes forget that real people – with real feelings – are at the heart of online conversations. In this lesson, students are provided with opportunities to explore this concept and discuss the importance of using empathy and common sense when talking to others online.
In this lesson, students debate the effectiveness of health warning labels on tobacco products.