Web Sites for Specific Audiences
Media and Multimedia Sites
Today, technology in general, and media outlets and digital
communication devices in particular, play an important role in the
lives of youths. These media outlets are used for relaxation,
education, news, and communication. Information presented through
multimedia campaigns often grasps their attention and are often an
effective (and comfortable) mechanism for them to become empowered.
This section includes web sites offering public service
announcements (PSAs), videos, awareness campaigns, PowerPoint
presentations, streaming videos, and posters.
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is a
New Jersey Gang Free, sponsored by the NJ Dept. of Law and
Public Safety, offers multimedia resources such as its educational
video, Gangs, Guns, and Drugs and public service
announcements (PSAs) to provide factual information on youth gangs,
gang symbols and activities, why youth join gangs, and consequences
of gang involvement (http://www.njgangfree.org/home.htm).
Violence Prevention Resource Center (NYVPRC) offers bilingual
resources for professionals, parents, and youth working to prevent
violence committed by and against youth. Its multimedia collection
includes web casts, video clips, and teleconferences (http://www.safeyouth.org/scripts/media/index.asp).
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention,
U.S. Dept. of Justice, offers an assessment guide and
implementation manual on CD-ROM to assess and address local youth
gang problems (http://www.iir.com/nygc/acgp/default.htm).
National Youth Gang Center offers a CD-ROM collection of
select gang-related material for effective gang prevention,
intervention, and suppression strategies (http://www.iir.com/nygc/publications.htm).
Gangs or Us, a gang identification site, provides
information on gang clothing, graffiti, initiations, and hand signs
through a variety of videos, books, and manuals (http://www.gangsorus.com/parents.html).
Against Violence is a violence prevention project that focuses
on adults who raise, care for, and teach children ages 0 to 8 years.
It offers a wide variety of public and professional multimedia
materials that can assist parents and educators in early violence
StopViolence.Com disseminates literature on the effects of
media violence on youth and provides resources on violence
Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse (MINCAVA),
University of Minnesota, School of Social Work provides
streaming videos, PowerPoint presentations, and interactive case
studies on youth violence, dating violence, domestic violence, and
child abuse (http://www.mincava.umn.edu/library/multimedia/).
The Media Project offers story ideas and
script consultation on gay/lesbian issues and teen sexuality to
media outlets (www.themediaproject.com).
National Clearinghouse on Family Violence
is Canadian-based and offers an extensive catalogue of videos on
domestic violence (http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/ncfv-cnivf/familyviolence/video_e.html).
Advocates for Youth offers media
material, including videos, calendars, posters, and cartoons to
facilitate discussions between parents and youth about sex and sex
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children presents a variety of teen-friendly videos on topics such as basic Internet safety, cyberbullying, online predators, revealing too much information, and safe social networking (http://www.nsteens.org/Videos).
MTV’s “A Thin Line” offers a variety of videos demonstrating the thin line between words and wounds. Video topics include online safety; online bullying; how to cope; how to stop rumors; and how to get help for bullying (http://www.athinline.org/videos).
Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement (S.A.F.E.) provides children and adolescents with multimedia presentations to teach them how to be safe online and throughout their daily life. This includes rules for real-world safety; what to do when a message is received from a stranger; and how to be safe online (http://rivcosafe.org/safe-kids).
Stop Bullying: presents “webisodes” about how Milton, K.B., and Josh deal with kids who bully in their community. Quizzes test a youth’s knowledge base about bullying and its impact (http://www.stopbullying.gov/kids/webisodes/index.html).
STOP Cyber Bullying offers a slide show, A Parent’s Guide to Cyberbullying. The guide describes what cyberbullying is; reviews four types of cyberbullying; and provides examples of cyberbullying (http://www.stopcyberbullying.org/flash/aparentsguidetocyberbullying.html).
Texas School Safety Center has produced a video on sexting that was shown on MTV. In the video, Ally, a teen from New Jersey, discusses her sexting experience with a former boyfriend. He forwarded her sexts to classmates. The situation spiraled out of control and the consequences of her sexting lasted for years (http://www.mtv.com/videos/news/483801/sexting-in-america-when-privates-go-public-part-1.jhtml).