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Programming

MALL SCAVENGER HUNT

Goal: 
To open teens’ eyes to the positive and negative messages in media around them!

Need:
Multiple digital cameras (1 per group of 5 youth), powerpoint

Bring your youth to a local mall. Split them in teams of three or more. It’s best to have multiple groups to get multiple perspectives. Give them a digital camera and have them take pictures of the following scavenger hunt items. Once done collect the cameras and upload the images to a slideshow (PowerPoint). Prepare a talk about the hidden messages in media. Use the images to engage the teams. It was fun for our group to have them guess what scavenger hunt item it is. This is a great time to discuss and debate what they see around them. It definitely opens their eyes to what they might not even be noticing, but they’re seeing everyday!

Find an advertisement, billboard, or window display that:

  1. Represents a stereotype.
  2. Portrays women in a negative way.
  3. Portrays men in a negative way.
  4. Portrays women in a positive way.
  5. Portrays men in a positive way.
  6. Advertises a particular religion.
  7. Uses violence to advertise a product or service.
  8. Uses sex to sell a product or service.
  9. Makes you want to buy or use the product.
  10. Shows a food that makes you want to buy it and eat tons of it…over and over and over.
  11. Makes you uncomfortable or feel bad about yourself and/or others.
  12. Makes you feel good or positive about yourself and/or others.
  13. Uses a popular movie character, TV character, or famous person to sell a product that doesn’t involve their movie or TV show.

1 COMMENT

  • Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much for the ideas!! We are going to use this next week.

    I have added some just for fun ideas too

    Bring back:
    A perfume sample
    A job application
    The heaviest item under $2
    Human hair, not attached (bonus for red)
    A napkin with a logo on it

    Take a photo of members of your group
    All with sunglasses on
    With a person with green hair
    All planking
    All wearing high heels
    With the BIGGEST stuffed animal
    Helping someone (not a group member)

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