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Head of School, Lansing Christian Schools
“Chris McKenna is able to communicate relevant, up to date information about the impact of the Internet and social media on our young people, accompanied by the ability to connect with students of all ages and parents alike. Our organization continues to benefit greatly from Chris' leadership with our students and parents.”
Principal, St. Monica's
“The greatest strength of the program is Chris’ ability to know his audience and to reach them with age-appropriate and current information about how to stay safe on the Internet. A “must hear” for students.”
VIRTUE IN MEDIA
It’s a streaming video curriculum that teaches about the latest digital trends. We do this through a library of short videos, in-class discussion guides, bilingual at-home conversation guides, bilingual at-home video content, teacher professional development sessions, church and school policy examples, newsletter and social media content, and more. Our goal is to help schools and homes create a Christ-centered view of using technology.
Chris McKenna created Virtue in Media. He is the Founder of Protect Young Eyes, a website dedicated to educating kids and parents how to use technology well. The Protect Young Eyes team speaks at churches and schools around the United States and it’s from this experience that Virtue in Media was created in order to fill the need for Scripture-based digital citizenship curriculum (in lieu of live presentations - but we still love doing those, too!).
Chris is a former middle school youth director and is the current Educational Resource Manager for Covenant Eyes.
In-class lesson content for grades K-8 was created in partnership with Carol Glanville, M.Ed., Curriculum Consultant of Contemporary Education Solutions.
Catholic Schools – all video content was edited by a Canon lawyer to ensure adherence to Catholic teaching. Our Founder, Chris McKenna, is trained in Safe Environments. Protect Young Eyes (parent organization) is a member of the National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers. We are keenly aware of the need to form children and families in how they use technology safely in an ever-changing digital world.
Non-Catholic, Christian Schools – ever struggle to take secular digital citizenship content and wedge it into your faith-based goals? We’ve done that for you. We handle the presentations with bite-sized video segments (3-5 minutes each) and give your teachers and parents tools to have amazing conversations.
Youth Ministers – the creators of Virtue in Media have over 50 years of combined youth ministry experience. We’ve created a specific package for a church small group environment with bite-sized, video-based teaching. Imagine plug-and-play training for volunteers about the latest digital trends! Imagine a video for parents before mission trips, retreats, and overnight events about device risk! Yes. We understand your world.
Home Educators – What’s good for schools is even better for you. We’ve built a specific package of resources just for home educators. Your time is valuable. Just hit “play,” follow our discussion guide, and take steps to create a family culture of openness and virtue with how you use technology.
Relevant. We satisfy E-rate requirements for digital citizenship. We align with standards and benchmarks for technology integration used in accreditation. We satisfy safe-environment education requirements for students.
Grounded. Most digital citizenship curriculum uses outdated content and age-splits, and avoids spiritual matters. Virtue in Media is built on eight key Scripture passages. We address the latest digital trends, including “tricky people,” pornography, social media, cyberbullying, sexting, reputations, and digital footprints. The videos are constantly updated. We strategically split all content into grades K-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, so that kids receive age-appropriate instruction on delicate topics.
Flexible. Our videos can be used whenever they fit into a class. Only have 15 minutes? Great! Show your 8thgraders one video about Snapchat, ask 1-2 of our questions, copy and paste our bilingual note to parents into an email. Done.
There are different packages, but here is a summary of what a complete package includes along with more samples:
- Videos - these deal with the latest digital topics. For a complete summary of all videos included in the packages, click here.
- Curriculum - for schools and home educators, the curriculum is broken up by grade, satisfies International Standards for Technology in Education, shows clear linkage to Scripture, and is easy to follow. For churches, the small groups curriculum tells leaders what to do and say in a step-by-step fashion.
- Training - it's important that teachers, small groups leaders, and home educators are informed and empathetic about digital issues. We teach them through four long-form training videos that include group discussion. Here's an example video training (low-res) for teachers and church leaders. Here's an example training video for home educators. Here's an example discussion guide for church leaders. Here's an example discussion guide for educators. Here's an example handout for home educators.
- At-home Discussion (bilingual) - it's important that parents continue the conversation at home. Our At-home Discussion Guides help them do that with topics they often aren't comfortable with.
- Newsletter Snippets (bilingual) - 10 pages of cut-and-paste paragraphs about the latest digital concerns to be included in an organization's newsletters, social media, or other communications.
- Policies - we provide templates of basic digital policies that should be in place at schools and churches, including staff purity, digital behavior, and digital communication with students, among others. Here's an example policy for staff and volunteer communication with youth.
- New content is constantly being added!
The cost is an annual charge to maintain access to the content, which will be constantly updated. In fact, since VIM released, we've already added one lesson to grades 5-8 and have two additional policies in process to add for schools and churches.
Think of it as an annual subscription for one building (each "subscription" is treated as a site license for one school building).
Our hope is that Virtue in Media becomes a valuable, annual part of an organization's teaching curriculum. (Do we expect to heavily discount a year two renewal? Absolutely!)
We provide different pricing levels based on an organization's size. If price is still an obstacle, please contact us.
10% of all gross receipts from Virtue in Media will be donated toward efforts that protect unborn, precious life, and also to Bible translation efforts.
Yes! We love doing those, too. Virtue in Media was created to allow more schools, churches, and home school families to use the content. But, we still love speaking directly to students and their parents as often as possible. In fact, an amazing way to implement Virtue in Media is to use the subscription to cover the students with in-class video content, and then invite the Protect Young Eyes team to come for an inspiring, evening presentation to parents [here is our request form]. This is a very popular option!
Do you have more questions? No problem. We're happy to answer them! We hold weekly webinars to answer your questions in-person and perform a complete walkthrough of the tool. You can register for those webinars here:
Register me! Weekly VIM Webinar/Walkthrough
Alternatively, please complete our contact form. Someone from our team will get back to you within 24 hours.