Helping youth identify and invest in better new-media behaviors.
Preventing Digital Disasters
Is an evidence-informed, fun, and extremely dynamic workshop designed to increase critical and consequential thinking as it related to participants’ use of new and social media. Most importantly, it allows participants to come to their own conclusions about their relationships with new media. We don’t wag fingers, shame, or attempt to scare – we make a safe space for youth to think and decide for themselves about this issue by imparting new media literacy in a non-judgmental environment.
The Program Covers:
- New Media Primer
- Imparts the context and history of media to allow participants to discover its power for themselves.
- Your Brain on New Media:
- Solid information on the affects of new media on neurology, psychology & behavioral patterns
- Your Voice on New Media:
- The power of new media and its ability to more effectively unify, accelerate & promote change
- Examining the various topographies of communication & their individual pros & cons
- Your Media Life
- An examination of key and recent issues resulting from new media
- Activities that allow participants to identify and safely share their own experiences
- New Media Problem Solving
- The development of individual new-media use portfolios:
- Activities that allow each participant to generate their own plan for more effective and safer use of new media
- Social Media Digital Content Development
- Development of social marketing campaigns in the form of a digital films, posters, or memes.
Ideal minimum is 6 participants and the ideal maximum is 15. The program is perfect for adolescents between 12 and 22. We try to keep participants within the same age range and most often implement with 14-17 year olds. However, Preventing Digital Disasters can work for very young people (under 12) if tailored specifically for them as a netiquette/new media primer. The program can also be adapted for special needs populations depending on the level of verbal behavior of the participant group. Click here to see the MyMediaLife produced Digital Disaster films used in the program.
Alternate Implementation: Letting Youth Teach PDD
We have trained youth educators with Planned Parenthood to facilitate the Preventing Digital Disasters for their friends and peers. Social Learning Theory states that peers learn best from one another – allowing youth to espouse these principals to their peers is a profoundly more effective method for ensuring success. Youth participants and facilitators alike internalize what they learn and remember it longer when the process is completely youth driven. PDD can be offered in a TOT manner with any group of youth who are in programs that allow or encourage them to deliver educational services to their peers.