Health Issues

Children and Media Literacy

This issue of Connections features a recent Voices of Media Literacy interview with media literacy pioneer and pediatrician Victor C. Strasburger, MD, Professor Emeritus, University of New Mexico School of Medicine.  Dr. Strasburger has researched children and media for more than 30 years.  He shares his insights and hopes for the future. CML's Voices of Media Literacy project documents the history of media literacy through interviews with more than 20 pioneers in the field.  The MediaLit Moments activity is The Art and Craft of Magazine Covers

Responding to Racism and Stereotypes

In this issue of Connections, we examine the ways in which stereotypes and prejudice surface in media, and discuss ways in which media literate citizens can become agents for positive social change. We explore dehumanizing representations of the Other.  In our second article, we investigate the connections between use of stereotypes in television news and the social capital of communities.  

Media Violence

We survey media violence research, examine the debates that make media violence a “hot” topic, and explain why media literacy education is a game- changing strategy which re-frames the terms of debate.  

Media Violence and Media Relationships

We discuss the four effects of media violence, and review recent media effects research, as well as research supporting media literacy as an educational intervention.  In our second article, we apply theories of audience response to violent media to the American action film.  And we examine the possibility that media producers may be shaping audience views of what constitutes realistic media violence.  Also Conducting a Close Analysis of a media text teaches fundamental skills for media literacy. 

Media Literacy and Nutrition

Most researchers agree that children are able to understand the persuasive intent of advertising by the age of 8.  But that doesn’t mean they arrive at that age with the media literacy skills they need to adequately respond to the sophisticated strategies food advertisers use to draw their attention.  

Media and Body Image

Advertising sends contradictory messages to young people about food, dieting and fashion. We look at a recent survey regarding teen girls and their attitudes toward media and fashion. We also report on new research from the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media on the representation of women in family films.