Media is a powerful force in society. It reflects the cultural norms and practices of the times, while it can also effect the beliefs and behaviors of those who consume it.

Research has shown that teens 
are uniquely susceptible to the influences of media
. Messaging 
that glorifies violence, promotes stereotypical representations of gender, or that objectifies women can all have negative and lasting effects on a young person's sense
of self and others.


Media education, tailored to foster the healthy social and emotional development of teens, is one way to equip students with the tools they need to better navigate today's ever-changing media landscape and the much broader world around them.


97%  ​

Teenagers, ages 13-17, who have access to a smartphone. Teens also spend an average of 9 hours
a day online. 

Sources: Pew Research Center and
Common Sense Media, 2018

92%  ​

Teenage boys, ages 13-17, who have access to a gaming console
at home, and report playing video games regularly. 

Source: Pew Research Center, 2018

70%  ​

Teenagers, ages 13-17, who report checking social media "several times" a day, every day. 

Source: Common Sense Media, 2018

56%  ​

Teenagers, ages 13-17, who
report having personally experienced abusive behavior online, including name-calling, bullying and harassment. 

Source: Pew Research Center, 2018


Nationally, males ages 15-24 are
4.4 times more likely than their female counterparts to commit suicide.

Source: National Institute of Mental Health, 2017

"What we see and
hear on screen
is part of
what we become."

 – Mr. Fred Rogers


One out of every three women in Massachusetts have experienced sexual assault, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime. 

Source: Jane Doe, Inc.

20%  ​

Massachusetts residents ages
12-20 who had participated in
binge drinking (defined as 4 or
more drinks in one sitting), the highest percentage of any state. 

Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2017

66%  ​

Males who enrolled in a college or university after graduating from a Massachusetts high school in 2018. That is 13 percentage points lower than their female classmates. 

Source: Massachusetts Department of Education State Report, 2018