• Teaching essential skills to
    empower smart, safe media choices

Media Literacy for Safe & Healthy Choices

Set Students on a Path for Success in School and Life


Media opens many doors for students, exposing them to information, ideas and people beyond the walls of their classrooms. But despite the positive impact media can have on the learning environment, it can introduce negative influences, too.

Media Literacy for Safe and Healthy Choices is an evidence-based, engaging curriculum that helps students recognize the impact media can have on the choices they make about violence, bullying, alcohol and tobacco use, and nutrition — all decisions that could affect their success in school and life.

Media Power Youth’s curriculum and media literacy training are based on media and child development research conducted by pediatricians, health experts and educators. When you introduce Media Literacy for Safe and Healthy Choices into your core curriculum, you help young people build a strong foundation of critical thinking and decision making skills so they can resist media’s influence on their attitudes and behaviors and become responsible creators and consumers of media.


When you introduce Media Literacy for Safe and Healthy Choices into your classroom, you can trust that you’re using a curriculum that will fit seamlessly into your existing lessons and deliver results.

  • Included in the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP) of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
  • Evaluated and proven effective by the Center for Media and Child Health at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School
  • Meets national and state learning standards in multiple disciplines and is aligned to the Common Core
  • Satisfies requirements for multiple federal, state and local funding sources, including Title I, Title II and Title IV Parts A & B
  • Designed for easy integration across the curriculum, including math, language arts, social studies, science, guidance, technology, art, and health


Media Literacy for Safe and Healthy Choices includes everything needed for quick and easy classroom implementation so you can get right to what’s important: teaching students to deconstruct what they see, hear and read in media so they can make healthier choices

  • 12 interactive lessons organized into three units — introduce one or more into your core instruction, or present all three as a stand-alone course. Units include:
    • Effects of Media Violence
    • Substance Use Influences in Media
    • Media and Food Advertising
  • Detailed teacher’s guide, including lesson plans, handouts, images, and student worksheets
  • Media samples to build lessons around, including video clips, advertising and product packaging
  • Comprehensive and flexible professional learning options, including an online course to build your own media literacy knowledge.


Media Literacy for Safe and Healthy Choices includes comprehensive professional learning for teachers to build media literacy knowledge and instructional skills for quick and confident curriculum implementation. Complete your professional development online or in-person — whichever is convenient


Media Power Youth and Public Consulting Group (PCG) have partnered to offer online professional learning for Media Literacy for Safe and Healthy Choices via Pepper™, PCG’s online professional learning network.

This 8-hour, self-paced training course allows you to learn at your own pace and earn continuing education units (CEUs). An education team monitors the course and is available for questions as you progress. Connect and collaborate with your peers through built-in online discussion.

The curriculum and comprehensive online training is just $179 per person. The curriculum may be used with as many students as you’d like. Purchase the course and all curriculum materials through Pepper™, PCG’s online professional learning network.


Media Power Youth offers in-person curriculum training for groups of 10 or more educators

We can customize training for a team of teachers, including a discussion of recent research, as well as best practices for implementation. We also provide consulting services to help schools address media-related issues impacting learning and student life.