On November 1st through 3rd, a new annual Conference on Children's Healthcomes to Southern Illinois. The Southern Illinois Coalition for Children and Families presents Healthy Children~Brighter Futures. WSIU offers a session at the conference: Balancing Screen Time.
In anticipation of our upcoming presentation, we want to take this opportunity to share some thoughts about screen time. If your goal is to balance the amount time your children spend in front of screens, it will be helpful to understand concepts of media literacy.
Media literacy is the ability to use and analyze communication across all platforms and technologies. When you think about it, media surround us. Media is the cell phone you use, the TV in your house, the computer at work, the radio you listen to, and the advertisements you see throughout the day. Media is everywhere. Because media is so pervasive in our lives, we can benefit by examining media messages
Next time you are about to engage with media, such as a children's television program, stop and ask yourself:
What is the purpose of this media?
Who is the intended audience?
What is the message?
Do I agree with the message?
Is this fact, opinion, or something else?
How credible is this message? How can I know whether this is credible and trustworthy?
What stereotypes are depicted?
Is this appropriate for the age of my child?
If I disagree with what this is saying, should I ban it from my children or talk to them about how my views differ?
How does this media add value to my life?
We hope to see you in person at our session at the conference. We will share a conversation about our experiences with media. If you are unable to attend the conference, you're in luck! A group of SIU student volunteers will use social media, including Facebook,Twitter, and Instagram, to provide virtual access to the conference. Beginning November 3rd, search http://www.storify.com for Southern Illinois Conference on Children's Health