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Media Overexposure and Young People:
2nd Conference May 4th, 5th and 6th, 2011 in Montreal
Montreal, March 22, 2011 | The YWCA Montreal, Edupax and ACME (Action Coalition for Media Education) will present the 2nd Conference on the Impact of Media Overexposure on Young People's Health on May 4th in English, and on May 5th and 6th in French, at the YWCA Montreal located at 1355 René-Lévesque Blvd West in Montreal.
This year, some 30 guest speakers from across North America will share their work and expertise on issues related to the impact of media overexposure on the health of youth and adolescents. They will also propose real solutions such as media education and the adoption of clear guidelines for media consumption. This event follows the 1st conference which took place in 2009 in Gatineau Quebec. (for more information click here)
Beginning in childhood, young people are exposed to an enormous amount of images and messages that are often sexualized, discriminatory or violent. It has been proven that the content conveyed through a multitude of communication vehicles, have various negative consequences on the psychological and social development of youth and promote life habits and consumption levels that have proven to be unhealthy. Among the problems associated with screen overexposure, health professionals mention attention deficit disorder, violent and aggressive behaviour, obesity, risky sexual behaviour and attitudes, smoking and low self-esteem.
Even though marketing to children under 13 has been illegal in Quebec for more than 30 years, advertisers have never stop trying to get around the established rules. How can Quebec provide better protection to children against the various impacts of media overexposure? How can education by parents and teachers contribute to such protection? What actions should be recommended to society to prevent screen overexposure of kids and teens? What actions should be taken to make the media and advertising industries more responsible? The 2nd Conference will try to answer these questions and more.
To close this conference, representatives of parents federation, school boards federation and teachers union will participate in a round table discussion to answer one more question: What do we do now?
Information and Registration: http://jacbro13.com/colloques/colloque2.php
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