Media Literacy for Digital Wellness

A healthy digital life and good health in real life go hand in hand. Our digital wellness work aims to expand the understanding of media literacy to include digital wellness and ensure K-12 health education includes media literacy education.

Media Literacy is Important for Healthy Lives

We all want young people to develop the critical thinking skills needed to navigate today’s complex media environment. Media messages shape young people’s perceptions — whether negative or positive — about body image, healthy eating, gender and racial stereotypes, self-esteem, substance abuse, and other public health issues. Also, the rise of the internet and social media has expanded our access to information, including false and misleading information.

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Did You Know?

According to a recent poll, 92% of teachers say “digital drama” disrupts learning. (CyberCivics survey of K-8 teachers)

Up to 95% of young people aged 13-17 report using a social media platform. Nearly two thirds of teenagers report using social media every day and one third report using social media “almost constantly.” (U.S. Surgeon General’s Advisory)

Group picture of the individuals who attended the conference in Washington D.C.

Opportunity for Educators

Media Literacy Now is looking to convene teachers, librarians, administrators, media literacy experts, and education organizations from a wide range of perspectives to represent the diverse needs of elementary, middle, and high school students for the purpose of gathering and vetting resources, instruction material and routines, and identifying important missing pieces pertinent to media literacy education in all subjects and at all grade levels. If you’re interested in participating or want to learn more, please fill out the survey.

We are in the middle of a national youth mental health crisis, and I am concerned that social media is an important driver of that crisis – one that we must urgently address.

Vivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA, U.S. Surgeon General

We are thrilled that the U.S. Surgeon General – the country’s leading public health advisor – has recognized that media literacy and digital wellness education are fundamental to addressing youth mental health, and especially that he has called on policymakers to take action.

Erin McNeill, CEO, Media Literacy Now

Evidence is mounting that digital culture plays a critical role in the emotional lives and well-being of children and teens.

Tamara Sobel, J.D., Media Literacy Now Health and Media Literacy Policy Advisor

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