Media Education + Screen Time Reduction : Tools Against Corporate Censorship

Discussion workshop
Aug 11 2016  9:00 - 11:30

A primary component of any media education program should be turning off screens in order to reflect upon, and critically examine, media content and consumption. One major problem with screen-time reduction initiatives is inspiring large numbers of students to participate (and thus achieve the educational benefits associated with screen freedom). Various programs to reduce children’s screen time have been implemented in the US, Canada and France. Most successful components of these programs have been identified. Benefits sustained over the short- and long-term are also known. Key research underscored why educators need to inform parents and students about the impacts of screen exposure on children’s health. What interests are we serving by keeping young citizens (and their parents) ignorant of the damages caused by screen overexposure? Best practices for fostering change in screen habits must be shared. The SMART program (Student Media Awareness to Reduce Television) has proven to bring most positive benefits including: gaining parents and teachers’ collaboration ; mobilising communities to support kids’ efforts to reduce screen time exposure. Screen freedom must be included in education for the 21st century.

Jacques Brodeur, Edupax
Discussion workshop
Aug 11 2016  9:00 - 11:30
Université McGill – Pavillon des Arts (Local W20)
853, rue Sherbrooke Ouest
Montréal, QC, Canada
Simultaneous translation
French, Spanish, LSQ (Langage des signes du Québec), ASL (American Sign Language)
Target audiences
General, Seniors / Elders
Activities extended on the Internet
Last Modified
20 June 2016
Media Education + Screen Time Reduction : Tools Against Corporate Censorship
Activity Lead Organization
Group Admins
Jacques Brodeur
Programming theme
Democratization of Knowledge and Right to Communication
To propose / altenative development
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