ERIC Number: ED465153
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Helping Youth Navigate the Media Age: A New Approach to Drug Prevention. Findings of the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign Media Literacy Summit White House Conference Center, June 01, 2002.
Office of National Drug Control Policy, Washington, DC.
This report highlights the findings of the 2001 National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign Summit. Because the campaigns entire strategy acknowledges the power and influence of the media on Americas youth, it is important and appropriate for the initiative to help young people develop their critical thinking skills by further investigating media literacy. Specifically, a media literacy approach can benefit drug prevention efforts by teaching youth to recognize how media messages influence them; to develop critical thinking; and to foster healthy self-esteem. A media literacy approach to illicit drug abuse prevention should incorporate a constellation of best practices recognized by the media literacy field. Because there are few examples of comprehensive drug prevention programs tied to media literacy skills, it is important to sketch out possible areas for future growth. To this end, three hypothetical examples are presented to help visualize the value of teaching media literacy and drug prevention in a variety of settings: parent-focused, faith-based settings, and evaluation of the Internet. The future of media literacy specific to drug prevention will hinge upon efforts to support educators and practitioners, educate decision-makers and invest in meaningful research. These key ideas include support for practitioners, educating key decision-makers, and investments in research. Contains a list of Web sites to consult for more information. (GCP)
Descriptors: Alcohol Education, Critical Thinking, Drug Education, Drug Use, Mass Media Effects, Mass Media Role, Media Literacy, Prevention, Program Descriptions, Youth
Drug Policy Information Clearinghouse, P.O. Box 6000, Rockville, MD 20849-6000. Tel: 800-666-3332 (Toll Free); Fax: 301-519-5212; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. For full text: http://www.mediacampaign.org/kidsteens/media age.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of National Drug Control Policy, Washington, DC.