The online course on Familiy and the Media, promoted by the Pontifical
University of the Holy Cross and by Familyandmedia, and produced by
Placting is ready to be released.
It consists of 10 video lessons that analyze the relationship between
family and mass media, with a perspective that is realistic, critical, and
The objective is teaching about media through and with media. The video
classes are presented by professors with expertise in social communication,
with an educative viewpointand with a practical approach.
The course begins with a broad framework about the relationship between
family and the media. It continues through a specific reflection on the two
traditional media par excellence, television and film, with particular
attention to television series. The it follows with literature, showing in
a compelling way how helpful is reading of the classics to improve your
mind and increase your empathy.
A critical reflection then is made over the representation of the family in
journalism, in order to understand the underlying framework of the news
agenda of mass media and their ideological leanings. Naturally, among the
media examined, the internet could not be overlooked. The web can be
managed in a responsible way and be a good means of communicating and
educating young people.
Particular attention is given to videogames. Videogames have an strong
appeal and educators have to learn why is so and how use the in the right
formative direction. Workshops are added to these video classes at the end
of the series, with practical exercises that suggest how to use, in the
best possible way, some films, television series and social networks to put
forward in an attractive but effective way the values of the person and the
The course is directed in a particular way to parents, teachers and
educators, and managers of family associations, but it is open to anyone
who would like to delve into the subject of the complex but always current
relationship between family, society, and the world of the communication
media. Initially a first course is planned in Italian, to be followed by a
complete edition in English and Spanish.