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A 3(D) Guide to Making Responsible Music Choices

The recently redesigned and updated Minding Your Media: A 3(D) Guide to Making Responsible Media Choices is a unique and easy-to-use tool that is designed to be employed by educators, parents, and community leaders to help you stay informed as to the media students are consuming, while helping those students become more media literate. This resource is a version of our popular 3(D) Guide resource that is designed to be used in non-church, public school, or community organization settings.


The 3(D) Guide allows you to teach your students how to move from being “mindless consumers” of media, to an approach of “mindful critique” as they learn how to filter all media through the lens of  the timeless virtues, or basic life standards that are marks of high personal and corporate character. Because teenagers are at a developmental stage where intellectual and cognitive abilities are taking shape, the 3(D) Guide is a tool that allows teachers and other significant adults to walk alongside students as they begin to develop the ability to think for themselves. While many of us mistakenly continue to “think for” students as they pass through the teenage years on the road to adulthood, the 3(D) Guide enables you to “think with” students about their media so that they will be equipped to launch into adulthood with the ability to “think for themselves” and engage with media for the rest of their lives in a responsible and thoughtful manner.


CPYU encourages teachers to hand out a 3(D) Guide to each student. 3(D) Guides are available in packs of 10 through CPYU's Resource Center. Click here to order.



A free brand new downloadable Teacher's Guide is now available! Click here to access the Teacher's Guide.


Minding Your Media can be used in a variety of disciplines and meets the Character Education standards being implemented in many schools. The curriculum also allows the student to utilize and develop a variety of skills required by most state and institutional education standards.


Educational Disciplines


  • English
  • Speech/Communications
  • Language Arts
  • Debate
  • Media/Media Literacy
  • Sociology
  • Music
  • Cultural Studies
  • Health (Character Education)


Educational Outcomes


  • Character Education
  • Media Literacy
  • Music Appreciation
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Writing Skills
  • Public Speaking Skills
  • Debate Skills
  • Making Healthy Choices



Minding Your Media is also a great tool for parents to use with their children to help them make wise media decisions. Working through the 3(D) process with your children helps to open up lines of communication while keeping you informed on today’s youth culture.