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Media Literacy and Teen Health Education

Media Literacy and Teen Health Education

Media Literacy and Teen Health Education

Colleen Symanski-Sanders, RN, Forensic Nurse Specialist
Colleen Symanski-Sanders, RN, Forensic Nurse Specialist
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Launch date: 09 Oct 2017
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Media has an audience and included in that audience is our youth. It captures their attention at a time when they growing, maturing and vulnerable. In the year 2000, about one fourth of the population (70.4 million) were children under the age of 18 in the United States. Children are projected to remain a substantial percentage of the total population in 2020. The mental and physical health risk factors that teens face jeopardizes their well-being. From a very young age, children get much of their information from various media sources, such as television, movies, magazines, the Internet, books, videos, and advertising. Media does offer opportunities to learn in addition to being entertainment, but how our youth interpret media images and messages can be a contributing factor to a variety of health concerns. There is concern that ramifications of overuse or frequent media exposure can cause emotional immaturity, difficulty communicating, violent behavior, low self-esteem and poor math and science skills. The Key areas of concern can be classified into the five categories below

Advertising, marketing, and consumerism;
Violence, aggressive behaviors, and the desensitization to violence;
Self-image and sexuality;
Substance use and abuse; and
Nutrition, obesity, and dieting.

Media is not to blame for the disconcerting health status of teens today, just as health clinicians are not to be blamed for the content of advertising. We do not need to prove that the media has an impact, but our oaths require us to act as advocates.


Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
1. Discuss media literacy and how messages from the media and other sources influence health behavior.

2. Describe the adverse health effects of the media and its advertisements and their impact on teen body image.

3. Develop interventions for teen health education by being media literate.
Colleen Symanski-Sanders, RN, Forensic Nurse Specialist

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Colleen Symanski-Sanders, RN, Forensic Nurse Specialist
on behalf of e-Ed Credits

Colleen Symanski-Sanders, RN, Forensic Nurse Specialist, has been a Registered Nurse for over 18 years. She has extended her education into forensic nursing, criminal profiling, and psychopathy receiving a Certificate as a Forensic Nurse Specialist. She has over 16 years experience in public health and home care nursing.

Colleen has been an author of educational material for St. Petersburg College, St. Petersburg, Florida. She has also lectured on a variety of topics at numerous nursing symposiums and conferences across the country. She is on the Editorial Board for "Home Health Aide Digest" and "Private Duty Homecare" publications.

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  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
  • 1.00 Hours

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