BBFC KS4 lessons: Emotional Wellbeing and the Media

BBFC KS4 lessons: Emotional Wellbeing and the Media

Free to download lesson pack for KS4

As students gain more independence, their access to a wide range of film, TV and other video content expands, along with the potential for decision-making around what to watch. So it’s vital — now more than ever before — that they’re equipped with the skills to navigate this content safely and effectively.

We’re delighted to award our Quality Mark to 'Emotional Wellbeing and the Media' from the BBFC. This free to download KS4 lesson pack, including two lesson plans and PowerPoints with supporting classroom activities and teacher guidance, will help students to:

  • consider the impact of choices about film and media content on wellbeing
  • examine the accuracy of mental health representations in media content
  • identify strategies to manage concerns related to visual content

The lessons also promote vital and transferable life skills such as self-regulation, independent choice, critical thinking and safeguarding.

New research from the BBFC has revealed that the three biggest mental health concerns for teens are anxiety, stress and depression, with two thirds (64%) of 13-18 year olds saying they want appropriate warnings on all films and TV shows featuring this content. The lessons feature a video of the BBFC Youth Panel discussing the portrayal of mental health in film and media and what it means to them.

Visit BBFC to download the free materials

PSHE Association Subject Specialist Bethan Miller said:
"We’re delighted to launch this new PSHE resource for Key Stage 4 in partnership with the BBFC. These lessons will help students to think critically about the impact films and TV shows can have on mental health, support them to make decisions about what content to watch, and consider the factors that may affect these choices.”

David Austin, Chief Executive of the BBFC, said:
“Films and TV shows have a very important role to play, with content often acting as a bridge for teens to explore their own mental health. That’s why the BBFC’s role is more important than ever. We’re here to give teens what they tell us they want and need - easy to understand age ratings and content warnings, that are based on extensive research into the feelings and reactions of UK audiences, and reflect what people really think - so they can navigate their own experiences, and start talking about them with their friends and younger siblings.”

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