2-6: Media characters

The course deals with media heroes for children between the ages of two and 6 and their significance for the children. It gives an overview of media figures as companions, their function for orientation and identification. Furthermore, the course shows how media figures can influence gender roles and advertising. Finally, the course shows how media education on the topic of media figures can succeed at home.

The course is modularised and makes it possible for the MediaParent consultant to offer and conduct a media education parents' evening on the topic of "media figures" at educational (leisure) institutions. Learning is promoted through helpful practical materials and the supportive environment on the internet. The course consists of four modules, which are accompanied throughout by tips, practical exercises and feedback questions.

  • This module will help you understand the importance of media characters for younger children aged two to six. This module on "Media Characters/ Heroes" provides an overview of the topic and explains the role of media characters as children's companions. It shows how media heroes guide and influence preschoolers. The module focuses on media heroes as projection screens and characters children can identify with.
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  • This module will help you understand the influence that media characters have on younger children aged two to six. I also shows you how media characters/heroes influence gender roles and how they are used in advertising. Furthermore, the module explains the importance of studying the relationship between real role models and media role models and how children’s favourite characters can be used in media education.
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  • This module will help you plunge into the topic of media education in relation with children’s media role models. Why is media education in this field necessary? What do the media role models help children discover? What are their benefits and what should parents be cautious about?
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  • Get ready to plan a parents' evening on the topic of media characters and younger children. We accompany you step by step and provide guidance.
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