Tech Tuesday: Media and health

Tech Tuesday: Media and health

Tech Tuesday: Media and health

Date posted: February 18, 2014

Technology has led to some remarkable discoveries and advances in health care. On the flip side, it also can influence your health decisions in a negative way. Take a Closer Look: Media and Health is a video from Healthy Families BC that helps teens examine how media can influence their health decisions.

To paraphrase the narrator, it’s not enough to be good with technology – you have to make good choices and you need good information. Media literacy is critical engagement with mass media which includes digital technologies. It combines being able to evaluate information with being able to locate information.

Need some help deciding if the health information you’ve found online is good? Here are a few places to start:
Evaluating internet health information: a tutorial from the National Library of Medicine
Health information on the Web: finding reliable information
MedlinePlus guide to healthy web surfing
A user’s guide to finding and evaluating health information on the Web

For more resources on health literacy, browse our Health Literacy Materials list. To borrow any items on the list, email library@decoda.ca

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