Media and Health

Media literacy is a vital component of health education. Children and young people benefit from opportunities to critically analyze alcohol and tobacco advertisements. They can recognize and resist unrealistic beauty ideals. They can understand how media culture shapes our nutritional choices, including diet and exercise.

Teaching Resources

Support reflection on why digital and media literacy matters for learning and teaching

Now it's easier than ever to engage students and support learning through creating videos, animations, infographics and more 

Explore the crowdsourced gallery of over 2,500 examples from around the world

Help students learn to ask questions about what they read, see, watch and listen to.

Books for young learners: It's never to early to be smart about media!

Understand how copyright and fair use supports digital learning

Guided inquiry & viewing of Adam Ruins the Internet helps learners judge the pros and cons of digital life and reflect on the role of media regulation.

Research and Scholarship

Tuzel, S. & Hobbs, R 2017 Communicar The Use of Social Media and Popular Culture to Advance Cross-Cultural Understanding Journal 1 public://Screenshot 2019-03-29 21.19.20.png

his paper offers a case study of a collaboration between teachers in the US and Turkey, where 7 th grade students interacted with each other via online social media as a means to promote cultural understanding.

Renee Hobbs 2017 International Handbook of Media Literacy Education Approaches to teacher professional development in digital media literacy education Journal 1 public://handbook.png /pub/approaches-teacher-professional-development-digital-media-literacy-education
Renee Hobbs & Julie Coiro 2016 May Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy Everyone Learns From Everyone: Collaborative and Interdisciplinary Professional Development in Digital Literacy Journal 1 public://Screenshot 2019-03-29 21.46.03.png /pub/everyone-learns-everyone-collaborative-and-interdisciplinary-professional-development-digital-li
Renee Hobbs 2011 March Knowledge Quest Empowering learners with digital and media literacy. Journal 1 public://Screenshot 2019-03-29 21.33.23.png /pub/empowering-learners-digital-and-media-literacy
Renee Hobbs and Lourdes Smith 2018 Primer: Massachusetts Reading Association Digital Authorship: Issues and Implications for Educators Journal 0

In this essay, the term digital authorship in examined in relation to literacy learning. We reflect on two critical issues that are sometimes overlooked features of digital literacy in relation to the pedagogical practices of digital authorship.

Renee Hobbs 2017 Educational Leadership # Teaching and Learning in a Post-Truth World Journal 0 /pub/teaching-and-learning-post-truth-world
Renee Hobbs & Silke Grafe 2015 First Monday YouTube Pranking Across Cultures Journal 0 /pub/youtube-pranking-across-cultures
Renee Hobbs, Nuala Cabral, Aggie Ebrahimi, Jiwon Yoon & Rawia Al-Humaidan 2011 June Action in Teacher Education Field-Based Teacher Education in Elementary Media Literacy as a Means to Promote Global Understanding Journal 0 /pub/field-based-teacher-education-elementary-media-literacy-means-promote-global-understanding
Hobbs, R. 2016 July Ed Tech Mindset Experience, immersion and critical distance in VR/AR in education Journal /pub/experience-immersion-and-critical-distance-vrar-education
Friesem, J., Greene, K. & Niedbala, M. 2016 March Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults The Curriculum Materials Library as a Hub of Resources, Literacy Practices, and Collaboration: Expanding the Role of the Library Journal /pub/curriculum-materials-library-hub-resources-literacy-practices-and-collaboration-expanding-role-l
Friesem, J., Greene, K., Provorova, L., Tierney, T. & Hobbs, R. 2012 September Kingston, RI: Media Education Lab. First Star URI RAM Academy Journal /pub/first-star-uri-ram-academy
Morris, N., Gilpin, D., Lenos, M. & Hobbs, R. 2011 July Journal of Health Communication Interpretations of cigarette advertisement warning labels by Philadelphia Puerto Ricans. Journal /pub/interpretations-cigarette-advertisement-warning-labels-philadelphia-puerto-ricans
Hobbs, R. 2011 November ASCA School Counselor Digital and Media Literacy: The Pleasures and Perils of Online Pranking Journal /pub/digital-and-media-literacy-pleasures-and-perils-online-pranking
Hobbs. R. 2010 September Formare # Empowerment and protection: Complementary strategies for digital and media literacy education in the United States. Journal /pub/empowerment-and-protection-complementary-strategies-digital-and-media-literacy-education-united-
Hobbs, R., Pruitt-Mentle, D. and others 2009 July Threshold Internet Safety and Responsible Behavior Online Journal /pub/internet-safety-and-responsible-behavior-online
Hobbs, R., Broder, S., Pope, H. & Rowe, J. 2006 January Health Education Research How Adolescent Girls Interpret Weight-Loss Advertising Journal While they demonstrate some ability to critically analyze the more obvious forms of deceptive weight-loss advertising, many girls do not recognize how advertising evokes emotional responses or how visual and narrative techniques are used to increase identification in weight-loss advertising. /pub/how-adolescent-girls-interpret-weight-loss-advertising
Primack B.A., Gold M.A., Switzer G.E., Hobbs R., Land S.R., & Fine M.J. 2006 January Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine Development and Validation of a Smoking Media Literacy Scale Journal /pub/development-and-validation-smoking-media-literacy-scale
Primack, B.A., Hobbs, R., Switzer, G.E., Land, S., Fine, M.F. & Gold, M. 2006 January Journal of Adolescent Health Associations Between Media Literacy and Adolescent Smoking Journal Purpose. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the US, and 90% of adults who die from smoking begin as adolescents. Youth aged 8-18 are exposed to 81⁄2 hours of mass media daily, and such exposure is associated with increased smoking. Media literacy therefore presents /pub/associations-between-media-literacy-and-adolescent-smoking
Hobbs, R. 1998 AAP News # Start Early to Help Children Combat Alcohol-saturated TV Journal /pub/start-early-help-children-combat-alcohol-saturated-tv