By Susan O’Neil, Board Member of Media Power Youth
Everywhere we look people are writing and talking about reopening our country, restarting our economy, and getting back to normal. Certainly, teachers and students are living a new normal; teaching and learning in the digital space. We’re witnessing our educational professionals rise to meet new challenges, as they and their students work hard to learn how to use technology in new ways. KEEP READING
With students’ learning going digital, and friends and family shifting to video chats versus in-person hangouts, it can be difficult to manage our screentime. Even our libraries are providing e-books and e-resources. When we look at screens for extended periods of time, it can affect our quality of sleep. Depending on what the content is, it can also increase our anxiety and tire out our brain. So how do you keep you and your family entertained without switching on the TV or pulling out the iPad? KEEP READING
Social distancing, or keeping distance from other people to slow the spread of infection, has become the new normal. However, as we physically distance ourselves, we can employ digital tools to stay connected from afar. Here are some of the ways you can use your phone, tablet, and computer to reach out to friends and loved ones. KEEP READING
We are lucky that we live in a time when access to technology is enabling schools to continue to offer educational opportunities during a health crisis such as COVID-19, but now children as young as 5 are being asked to learn from online learning plans with little preparation. This is putting parents and educators on the spot to quickly switch to a new model of learning for their kids. Here are some ideas for smoother online learning for early elementary students. KEEP READING
Libraries have long been a haven for children and families to find not only their next great read, but to get magazines, audiobooks, programming, and even movies and DVDs. Though most libraries have closed their doors to keep their patrons healthy during the current COVID-19 outbreak, there are many ways to access library materials digitally, and they are easier to use than you think! KEEP READING
Media, from video games and commercials to movies and social media, has an enormous influence on students’ behavior, thoughts, and health and well being. Educators see its impact every day in the classroom. How do we teach our students to become knowledgeable and responsible consumers and creators of media in today’s digital world? KEEP READING
Media Power Youth, a New Hampshire-based nonprofit that empowers young people to lead safe, healthy lives through smart use of media, has announced that Heather Inyart has joined the organization as executive director, succeeding Rona Zlokower who is retiring after 18 years as its leader and founder.
Media Power Youth is changing the way kids think about and use media.
Now it has gained national recognition to show that its programs work.
Media Power Youth is the first New Hampshire organization to be listed on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices. KEEP READING
In partnership with the Office of Student Wellness and the NH Department of Education, NH based Media Power Youth has developed several online professional development modules to provide NH educators with information, resources, and practical skills and tools for addressing media related behaviors. The series is called Real Talk for Teachers About Media and is available to all educators and other interested in teaching youth about responsible media consumption and creation.