BOYS AND THE MEDIA. Kris Van Gieson and Thomas Weber Hyla Middle School Sponsored by the Bainbridge Island Just Know Coalition February 28, 2012. INTRODUCTIONS AND WHY WE’RE HERE. Thomas Weber and Kris Van Gieson are educators at Hyla Middle School.
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BOYS AND THE MEDIA
Kris Van Gieson and Thomas Weber
Hyla Middle School
Sponsored by the Bainbridge Island Just Know Coalition
February 28, 2012
INTRODUCTIONS AND WHY WE’RE HERE
Thomas Weber and Kris Van Gieson are educators at Hyla Middle School.
Hyla believes that nurturing the healthy social and emotional development of middle school children must go hand in hand with their academic learning. Visit www.hylamiddleschool.org.
Wide range of games available
Facebook, Chat, Skype, etc.
Websites, TV, Movies, Radio, Magazines, Online Video, Music
Making art, movies, music, websites, and games
Media consumption has a big influence on the other spheres. Privacy and easy access to pornography are particular concerns. There is more power to create and consume independent media and more variety in media.
Board games, neighborhood games,
TV, Movies, Radio, Magazines
Very limited and expensive tools
A safer and simpler landscape. Less variety and less opportunity to create and share media.
You can’t control cultural change, but you can use your values and your parenting.
Understanding general characteristics of boys helps to explain their attraction to video games
Social pressures influence boys to conform to social stereotypes.
Articulate these to yourself (and your spouse) before you engage in conversations with your son.
Broad range of acceptable styles
Internally or externally motivated?
Naturally cautious or risk-taking?
Outside or inside?
Athletic or Non-athletic?
Books or Video Games?
Look at yourself , your son, and others. Talking about personalities helps to understand and affect which parenting strategies will be most effective.
Think ahead to possible scenarios. what would you do and say and how does that convey your values?
You feel your son is wasting time on trivial computer activities.
You find your son looking at pornography.
You feel your son is addicted to gaming.