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Susan Winderlich

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My Media Choices (G4)

Today we learned why it is important to balance the amount and type of media in our lives. To understand the media choices we make, it helps to keep track of the media we actually consume and create. For this activity you will need to remember and describe some of the media choices you have made recently. 1. Click on the add to get started. 2. Select the move tool. 3. Click on each text box to add your information. You will need to delete what is there. 4. When you are done check post it.

4th Grade, Digital Citizenship
Compatible with: Chromebooks, computers, iPads, iPhones, Android tablets, Android phones, Kindle Fire

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From phones and tablets to streaming movies and YouTube, tech and media are everywhere. Kids love easy access to shows, games, and information. Parents and caregivers love that kids can learn on the go (and stay busy when dinner's cooking). But it's easy to overdo it when the phone never stops pinging and the next episode plays automatically. Today in TECH, we had a discussion about healthy and unhealthy media choices. We learned why it is important to balance the amount and type of media in our lives and reviewed some of our recent media choices. On the first slide, you can see your child's work from today’s lesson. The second slide is especially for you and includes an activity to do at home. Commonsense Media has a lot of information and resources for parents to use in this digital world. Here are 5 tips they give to help families find their own Media Balance. TIP 1: Create screen-free times and zones. Help kids take breaks from tech by limiting screen time in bedrooms, during study time, or at the dinner table. TIP 2: Try parental controls. Set content limits that make sense for your family. Alongside conversations about healthy media habits, use features such as content filtering, privacy settings, and time limits offered by the apps and platforms your family uses to help manage access and exposure to media. TIP 3: Establish clear family rules. Decide together what kind of media and tech is OK -- and when it's OK to use it. A family media plan can help get everyone on the same page. TIP 4: Watch and play together. Choose quality, age-appropriate media to enjoy with your kids. Visit commonsensemedia.org to find shows, games, and more. TIP 5: Help kids identify healthy behaviors. Practice talking about feelings -- both physical and emotional -- during screen and non-screen activities. Click on the Common Sense Media Checkmark on page 2, or go to the link below to find more ways for navigate the ups and downs of raising kids in the digital age. https://www.commonsense.org/education/toolkit/family-engagement-resources

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OVERVIEW: We all make choices every day about the media we consume and create. But do kids understand what makes a media choice healthy or not? Hint: It's about more than just screen time. Use the activities in this lesson to give kids a framework for making informed media choices. OUTCOMES: Students will be able to - Learn the "What? When? How Much?" framework for describing their media choices. - Use this framework and their emotional responses to evaluate how healthy different types of media choices are. - Begin to develop their own definition of a healthy media balance. This has been adapted from Commonsense Media "My Media Choices" for Grade 4 https://www.commonsense.org/education/digital-citizenship/lesson/my-media-choices

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