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Media Awareness

We may not always realize it, but media influences our wellness!

Check out research from Media Smarts to learn about online practices, cyber bullying, digital skills, & more!

Do a thorough overview of your social media profiles. If the content is mostly negative, think about how it affects your wellness. 

Find an older adult in your life to teach about your fave social media platform. Many want to learn & to them you're an expert!

Female friendly gaming communities do exist! Here's some recommended by Gamer Wife, a Canadian female gamer.

Even gaming avatars are influenced by self image & reinforce cultural values of "attractiveness," read more.

Lean on parents or trusted adults when faced with online conflict. 

Use magazines/newspapers for art, like collages or zines! Check out some zines we've shared on our site.

Not sure if something you read online is a hoax? snopes.com is often good for debunking internet rumours!

Once a month review your social media contacts and privacy settings. Make conscious decisions about who gets to see what you post. 

Think about what you're posting. If you wouldn't want your teacher, grandmother or boss to see it, consider if it's worth posting. 

If you ever see or find yourself in an argument with an internet troll, find safe and healthy ways to respond.

Think about how you respond to online harassment. Talk to your friends about it & make a plan to support each other if it happens.

Ask before posting pictures and posts about others. Respect their decision if they say "no" and request the same of your friends.

Educate yourself on rights and responsibilities before sending or receiving nude pictures via social media.  

Constant negativity in the news can affect your mental health. Take a news break, or check out sites like Postive.News

Movies often cover complex ideas and themes. Next time you see a movie with a friend, debrief and unpack those ideas with them! 

Some music can be violent, racist, homophobic or overly sexual. Be mindful of the impact it may have on you.

Music is powerful. Make different playlists to lift your mood or mellow you out. 

Even news media can produce harmful stereotypes about marginalized groups. Be mindful about what you read and believe online. 

Media can show a narrow idea of beauty. Seek out alternative blogs & magazines and expose yourself to fresh images: RookieMag.

Think of your favourite fictional couple & compare to real relationships. Now think about your expectations, are they realistic? 

Try tracking your media consumption on a weekday or weekend. Results may be surprising & helpful in understanding your media habits.

Try setting aside a time where you purposely 'park' your phone out of reach. Taking a break might be rejuvenating. 

There are great sites you can go to for a mindfulness break. Two of our favourites: This is Sand and The Quiet Place Project.

If Internet use is interfering with your life, look for other ways to find more balance with your time.

If you find yourself encountering upsetting racist/sexist content online, take a break from the web or seek out safe online spaces.

"Binge-watching" shows has become common. Is it affecting your mental health? 

Reach out to a friend who you haven’t seen in a while and make a plan to meet up IRL. Face to face connections are important!

If you're having trouble sleeping, try to avoid screens for at least an hour before bed time, or try a screen dimming app.