by Marion Nestle
Aug 28 2015

Weekend reading: Vanessa Domine’s Healthy Teens, Healthy Schools

Vanessa Domine.  Healthy Teens, Healthy Schools: How Media Literacy Can Renew Education in the United States.  Rowman & Littlefield, 2015.

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Here’s my blurb:

If you are not concerned about the effects of exposure to electronic media on the health of teenagers, you should be.   This book presents a well-researched, highly compelling case for the urgent need for media literacy education to be incorporated into school wellness programs as soon as possible.

For information about how online marketing affects kids’ food choices, take a look at the work of the Berkeley Media Studies Group, particularly in media advocacy training.

Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) also has resources about online marketing to kids (scroll down for a list).

  • Kelsy

    Does the book advocate for including critical thinking as part of school wellness programs? You know, like preparing teens to see through propaganda spewed by foodie agenda drummers. Like outfitting teens to recognize a hate filled pop science blog as a deliberately misleading farce. Like thinking for themselves and making intelligent informed decisions instead of believing everything they are told by activists. Is self determination really any part of the book’s teaching? If so, I approve.

  • Media literacy helps young people decode messages they are given. Glad to see Vanessa Domine has married educating teens about both healthy choices and messages the media feeds (!) them.

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