Media messages, like popular music, social media posts, and TV shows, impact how youth think about sex and relationships. Unfortunately, the messages sent by media are often inaccurate and unhealthy. To counter this, we based our sexual health programs around media literacy education. Our programs help students and parents think critically about the messages they receive from media, as well as providing easy-to-understand, medically accurate health information. These programs go beyond risk prevention, like unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, to include important sexual health topics like consent, sexual assault, healthy relationships, and gender role stereotypes. They emphasize the importance of communicating about sexual health to parents, partners, and medical professionals. Each evidence-based program is comprehensive, engaging, and inclusive–and most importantly, they work.
Media Aware: Middle School
Media Aware: Middle School is a school-based program designed for middle school classrooms that includes eight teacher-led lessons, each about 45 minutes long. In addition, there are two brief web-based lessons that provide students with medically accurate sexual health knowledge about unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.
Media Aware: High School
Media Aware: High School is a web-based program geared for high school-aged youth. The program has four self-paced lessons, each about 45 minutes long. It could be completed by individuals on their own time or by groups of students in schools across several class periods. This program is easily scalable to thousands of participants to meet the needs of entire school districts.
Media Aware: Young Adult
Media Aware: Young Adult is a web-based program designed specifically for older adolescents/young adults (18 years of age and older). The program has four self-paced lessons, each about 45 minutes long. It could be completed by individuals on their own time or by groups of students in colleges or universities across several class periods. The program is Title IX compliant and also easily scalable to thousands of participants to meet the needs of an entire school.
Media Aware Parent
Media Aware Parent is a web-based program designed to prepare parents for conversations about sensitive sexual health topics with their teens. Media Aware Parent includes ten interactive sections for parents on topics like adolescent development, media literacy, gender roles, internet safety, and more. Each section includes factual information, proven techniques, and interactive activities to help parents practice talking with their teen. Parents can also decide to share many of these activities directly with their teen!