What is Media Literacy?
Media literacy is “the ability to identify different types of media and understand the messages they’re sending.”
Online content is created for a variety of reasons, and media literacy helps us understand how those reasons might impact the factual content of the information.
Media literacy helps kids learn to think critically, become smart consumers of products and information, recognize and identify biased information, create responsible media, identify the role of media in our culture, and understand the author’s goal.
Why is it important to understand Media Literacy?
“The digital age has made it easy for anyone to create media. We don’t always know who created something, why they made it, and whether it’s credible. This makes media literacy tricky to learn and teach. Nonetheless, media literacy is an essential skill in the digital age.”
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