Turn Screens Off – Turn Life On

Take the Challenge Take Charge is a pre-school through high school media education program that reduces unwanted behaviors in our youth such as obesity, aggression and substance abuse while increasing student achievement, reading and getting along with others. See how the program can help your classroom and community.
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“Instead of watching TV I went outside, played cards and read my book. I feel like my life is much better.”
– 4th Grade Student

“Our children realize there are other things to do beside watch TV. I love the idea that I can blame the principal.”
– Parent

“The TV turn off really had a positive effect on me. At first I didn’t think that TV had any negative effects but after doing it, I was concentrating better, doing my work better and I was more organized.”
– 8th Grade Student

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Lesson Plans

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 [/intense_column] [intense_column size=”8″ medium_size=”8″ small_size=”12″ extra_small_size=”12″]Take the Challenge & Take Charge is a preschool through high school media education program designed to reduce excessive entertainment media use and exposure to media violence. The program emphasizes positive uses of technology and includes activities aligned to reading, writing, math, science, and technology standards.

Take the Challenge & Take Charge is available to purchase and download the pdf lesson files, which includes the teacher manual, student materials, parent letters, newsletters, and other support materials.


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2015 Student Video Contest

9-12 Grade 1st Place and People’s Choice Award

These videos were developed by 6th to 12th grade students as part of a contest sponsored by community organizations in Northern Michigan.

The contest asked students to first read the American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement on Children, Adolescents, and the Media (2013) OR the American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement on Children, Adolescents, Substance Abuse, and the Media (2010) and at least one science research article related to the topic.

Students used what they had learned to create 60 second educational videos about the health effects of excessive media, exposure to violent media, and the importance of having a media budget. These videos have been used to educate students, families, and community members.

9th to 12th Grade Winning Videos »

6th to 8th Grade Winning Videos »