Catholic Faith Formation and Education

Beyond Blame: Challenging Violence In The Media--Part 1 (ADULT)
This is the introduction/overview video for this series. The purpose of this comprehensive educational resource is to help parents and caregivers, teens and children examine media violence, find alternatives to violent entertainment, identify links between violence on screen and on the street, and introduce skills of media advocacy. PARENT/CAREGIVER UNIT (Part 2) -7 group sessions, 4 video segments, 22 handouts; offers 90-min. "Town Hall" presentation and overview plus key concepts and strategies for action, take-home tip sheets, and checklists to help reduce viewing of media violence at home. TEEN/ADULT UNIT (Part 2) -7 sessions, 4 video segments, 11 handouts; explores violence in sports, local news, music videos & movies; includes action & advocacy activities. ELEMENTARY (Grades 4&5) and MIDDLE SCHOOL (Grades 6-8) UNIT (Part 3) -8 lessons, 8 video segments, 17 worksheets; explores the consequences of media violence & challenges media's heroes/heroines.

Everyday Creativity (HS, ADULT)

Violence and the Family: Media Violence and the Family: Finding Solutions (ADULT)
Learn how to view television violence from a child's perspective and uncover the effects of media violence on kids. Discover how children's interpretation of television violence significantly differs according to the youngster's age. Join Dr. George Gerbner, America's foremost communication scholar, and other national experts for cutting edge ideas about this issue. Hosted by Mike Collins, with James Collins, Ph.D., Professor of Communication and Theatre, University of Notre Dame and Judith-Walls, Ph.D., Professor of Child Development, Purdue University.

More Things Are Wrought By Prayer: 50 Years Of Family Theater (HS, ADULT)
Patrick Peyton, CSC, believed that the family that prays together stays together. He carried this simple truth to millions worldwide as a Catholic priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross. Beginning in Albany, New York, Father Peyton used the medium of his day--radio. He created a simple 15-minute program on a local station and from it, urged families to prayer and togetherness.

Raising Children In A Violent World (ADULT)
Dr. Kathleen O'Connell Chesto cuts straight to the heart of the problem of the over dominance of violence in our society and offers very practical advice on how to counteract this trend within our own hearts and families. Perfect for those preparing for marriage, parents of young families, and educators, Chesto's video brings to light the roots of violence. Tracing the pattern of infant/child development, she shows parents what children are indeed capable of learning and what is most important to emphasize at different age levels. She also explains how easy it is for parents to follow popular, seemingly harmless societal trends that can actually breed violence. Best of all, Chesto's advice is doable and not complicated. She calls on parents to evaluate their lives and make choices that are indeed in the best interest of their children and of society as a whole.

Fast Forward Series - Persuasive Power (HS)
This video helps teens realize that they are going through some of the most challenging years of their life. Discusses how they are making choices about who they are, what they believe, and what they'll do with their life! Shows how teens are under a lot of pressure: peer pressure, parent pressure, sexual pressure, media pressure, and even self-inflicted pressure. "Expert" Bill Meyers helps teens realize they can't always avoid the pressure, but they can learn how to handle it...and how to protect their future by making the right choices now.

Beyond Blame: Challenging Violence In The Media--Part 3 (Emementary Grades 4-6, JH)
Beyond the blame…beyond the debate are human beings--children, young people and adults of all ages--who are bombarded daily with violent images in the media and in popular culture. These videos provide a practical and positive program to counter the proliferation of media violence in our time. In classes and courses, after-school programs and parent workshops, individuals of all ages can learn important skills for reducing their exposure to media violence along with challenging its growing presence in our culture. The two videos are: Video B consisting of 8 segments for elementary grades 4 and 5, and Video C consisting of 8 segments for middle school grades 6 to 8.

Renewing the Mind of the Media (ADULT)
Overcoming the exploitation of sex and violence in communications. Have you ever felt disturbed by words and images in the media? Do you feel powerless before those in control of news and entertainment media? This video addresses such questions especially as they related to the gratuitous violence and misuse of sexuality in the media. The United States Bishops' Committee for Communications present this video as a companion piece to their 1998 document by the same name in order to provide a starting point for further reflection and action by dioceses, parishes, and others. Production of this video was facilitated through a grant from the Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Fund.

Catholic Connections To Media Literacy (HS, ADULT)
A collection of timeless print and video resources to introduce media literacy in Catholic schools and parishes. Practical ideas and core activities for analyzing television, MTV, movies, advertising, music and the news; plus issues of violence in the media, commercialism, sexism and racism, bias and stereotyping, coverage of religion--and more.

Dedicated Man: Patrick Peyton,CSC (ADULT)
In this video, Father Patrick Peyton, media pioneer returns to the scenes of his boyhood in County Mayo, Ireland. Since 1945, Father Peyton has used the media and Hollywood's top stars to spread his message of hope throughout the world…"The Family That Prays Together Stays Together" and "A World at Prayer is a World at Peace." Now in the autumn of his years, he takes us on a nostalgic journey to his birthplace in Ireland…a heartwarming experience that families will enjoy.

Beyond Blame: Challenging Violence In The Media--Part 2 (Emementary Grades 4-6, JH, HS, ADULT)
Explore alternatives to violent entertainment, while teaching the critical role media literacy principles can play as a catalyst for challenging violence in the media. The Parent/Caregiver video (12 min.) includes: 7 group sessions, 4 video segments, 22 handouts, offers 90-minute "Town Hall" presentation and overview plus key concepts and strategies for action, take-home tip sheets, and checklists to help reduce viewing of media violence at home. The Teen/Adult video (35 min.) includes: 7 sessions, 4 video segments, 11 handouts; explores violence in sports, local news, music videos and movies, and includes action and advocacy activities.

Merchants Of Cool (HS, ADULT)
Teenagers today have more money and independence than ever before. Their lives have become the object of corporate America. This video looks to the teens for clues as to what and how to market merchandise, music, and TV for teen consumers. It explores the culture in which today's American teenager is growing up, and how they have come to view themselves and their parents.

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Audience Codes: PK = Preschool, EL = Elementary, JH = Junior High, HS = HighSchool, Adult

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