Media literacy is the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, create, and act using all forms of communication. The importance of media literacy in this high tech era is that media of all forms is massed produced and mass consumed. Between ads on billboards, TV content, video games, emails, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Google. It’s around us, and it’s in our hands and in our faces every day. The ability of children, teenagers, and adults to interpret things like fake news, how to fact check, and how ideas and topics are being used to influence us on a daily basis is not something we often take time to teach.
Media Literacy Week and NAMLE are at the forefront of promoting these ideals all over the world and helping to bring them into classrooms.
As the world expands quickly at a younger age than ever before, the ability to teach children how to be both media literate and be good “Digital Citizens” has never been more important.
What is digital citizenry? Simply explained this is the self-monitored habits that sustain and improve the digital communities you enjoy or depend on.
The foundation of being a good “Digital Citizen” vastly depends on one’s media literacy and how effective they are at analyzing & evaluating through all the information given by media outlets. If one can effectively analyze information, understand who is creating the media medium, and that creator’s goal within the media message; they can form better choices about how they share information and the information they create.
How can we help not only our children and ourselves be better “Digital Citizens” and foster media literacy?