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Media savvy kids are vital to future of democracy

The Toronto Star – Kathy English

“We all need to be news wise during an election campaign. Democracy depends on informed voters, and to be fully informed, voters depend largely on the media for news and information. Within the increasingly complex media ecosystem, it is the journalist’s job to provide citizens with fair and accurate information they need to make educated decisions at the ballot box. And it is the citizen’s job to analyze, evaluate and understand the news and commentary presented throughout election campaigns.” (more)

Understanding the Hype: Media Literacy

Education World – Lois Lewis

“Every day, we are bombarded with messages when we watch television, go online, or read newspapers and magazines. What do those messages mean? What is their purpose? How should we process media messages? Noted author, educator, and media literacy expert Catherine Gourley shared with Education World her thoughts about media literacy and its role in education. Gourley’s book, Media Wizards: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Media Manipulations, introduces techniques to help students crack the codes of media messages.” (more)

‘Bad Ads’ and the Study of Rhetoric

Edutopia – Jori Krulder

“Rhetoric and media literacy are essential skills for students, but where to begin? On social media alone, students are hit with a never-ending barrage of persuasive messages. Ads are pervasive, and although students are often aware that they’re being influenced, knowing how persuasion works gives them a whole new power to understand and affect their world.” (more)

4 steps to help students develop a healthy media diet

E-School News – Stacey Pusey

“With the proliferation of technology in school and at home, parents are looking for direction on how to keep their kids’ media habits in check. Librarians, who are often at the front lines of media and tech in schools, can provide that crucial guidance. The discussions shouldn’t focus on denying technology, though, said Michelle Cooper, library media specialist at White Oak Independent School District (ISD) in Texas, in the edWebinar “Achieving Media Balance in a Tech-Immersed World.” Instead, librarians can help families learn how to maintain a healthy balance and become good digital citizens.” (more)

Training in media literacy is in order

E-School News – Larry Atkins

“When I ask my students whether they’ve received training in media literacy, they respond with shrugs and blank stares. Freshmen frequently cite obscure websites as sources in their papers instead of government documents or respected news sources. Try MayoClinic.org and CDC.gov on the legalization of medical marijuana, I tell them, not “Joe’s Weed page.” A 2016 Stanford University study showed that middle school, high school, and college students have difficulty judging the credibility of online information and are frequently duped by fake news, biased sources, and sponsored content.” (more)

Watch without mother: The end of watching TV as a family

BBC – Sean Coughlan

“It would be hard to exaggerate the influence that television once held over family life. Even if you hated programmes, you still watched them. It was always there in the background. It was where people gathered, a shared experience in families and a shared experience across communities. But that world is disappearing.” (more)