Media literacy is the ability to access and analyze media in a critical way. It involves understanding the different types of media, recognizing the purpose of a message, and being aware of potential biases. Media literacy helps you make sense of the messages you receive from media sources.
Media Literacy: What You Need to Know
Access: The ability to find and obtain media. Analysis: The ability to interpret and evaluate media. Bias: A particular perspective or attitude that may lead to inaccurate conclusions.
What do you think is the most important skill to have in media literacy?
- The ability to think critically about information before sharing it
- The ability to identify and avoid potential scams
- The ability to create media content
- An understanding of copyright laws
- The ability to recognize bias in media
The term 'media literacy' was first used in the 1950s. In the United States, media literacy education is taught in more than half of all states. The average American spends around 11 hours each day consuming some form of media.
Draw / write: What are the different types of media we consume every day? How can we differentiate between them?
Draw / write: What are some of the challenges we face when accessing media? How can we identify them?
What criteria do you use to evaluate the accuracy, perspective, credibility and relevance of a particular source?
What are some effective strategies for finding reliable sources for information?