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Google’s new media literacy program teaches kids how to spot misinformation and fake news – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Google announced this morning that it was expanding its two-year program on digital security and citizenship for children, “Be Internet Awesome”, to now include media literacy – in particular, the ability to identify self – saying “fake news” and…

The Urgent Need for Media Literacy in the Age of Annihilation

[ad_1] From fictional organizations posting polarizing Facebook posts to thoroughly researched news articles labeled “fake,” the pervasive power and importance of the media is clear. And yet, what is of most concern is not that fictional stories are being shared…

“Media Literacy Is Literacy”: Here’s How Educators and Lawmakers Work to Prepare Students for Online Success

[ad_1] Students in Michael Danielson’s media literacy class with storyboards for PSAs. (Photo: Michael Danielson) Michael Danielson gives the students in his ninth grade media literacy class a simple assignment every night: Pay attention. The mission is meant to inspire…

Apple partners with media literacy programs in the US and Europe

[ad_1] The Media Literacy ProjectThe News Literacy Project (NLP), a nonpartisan national educational nonprofit organization, empowers educators to teach middle and high school students the skills they need to become intelligent and active consumers of news and other information and…

Experts offer advice on media literacy

[ad_1] During the 2016 presidential campaign, an article titled “Pope Francis Shocks the World, Endorses Donald Trump for President” appeared online. People have shared the enthralling story hundreds of thousands of times on social media – although it has since…

We should teach media culture in elementary school

[ad_1] A typical news session these days begins when we log into our favorite social media website in the morning to catch up on what we missed in our sleep. We quickly pass memes of high school friends or extended…

Media literacy: what are the challenges and how can we move towards a solution?

[ad_1] As governments seek to tackle various issues in the digital age, media literacy (or digital) is often cited as the solution, in part because it is much less controversial than attempting to regulate the internet. LSE professor Sonia Livingstone,…

Is moderating social media content an impossible task?

[ad_1] In the early days of free-wheeling social media, companies placed little emphasis on moderation of content, focusing all of their efforts on allowing anyone, anywhere, to post whatever they wanted, regardless of how toxic they were. As trolls moved…

Media Literacy – Everyone’s Favorite Solution to Regulatory Problems

[ad_1] Media literacy is often cited as the solution – but what problem? In this new blog post for the Media Policy Project, Sonia Livingstone, Professor of Social Psychology at LSE and Chair of the LSE’s Truth, Trust, and Technology…

Studies show that a lack of media literacy among students has a negative impact

[ad_1] Looking at assistant professor of communications Kevin John’s desk, it’s clear that he’s a big consumer of media. There are Star Wars props all over his office, among other things. But John is not your average media consumer. He…

Media Literacy for “Empowerment and Protection”: Q&A with Renee Hobbs

[ad_1] The Illuminati, the “fake” 1969 moon landing, reported alien sightings: These aren’t usually topics that are covered in middle school social studies or English classes. If they do, teachers may feel compelled to dismiss them and quickly move on…

It’s not a Facebook problem – investing in media literacy is the answer

[ad_1] As concern grows about the influence social media can have on democracy, it will be tempting for lawmakers to want to regulate platforms like Facebook. This state of mind, however, is short-sighted. Instead, lawmakers need to address the underlying…

More states are embracing media literacy in schools

[ad_1] Following the 2016 presidential election and the growth in the amount and influence of “fake news” on the Internet, more and more states are considering or implementing measures to encourage or compel schools to teach media literacy. Four states…

Bill would help California schools teach ‘fake news’ and media literacy

[ad_1] Credit: Alison Yin for EdSource Today Credit: Alison Yin for EdSource Today Spurred on by the rise of so-called “fake news” and its impact on the election, a Santa Barbara state senator introduced a bill that would encourage K-12…

“Fake news” and fake tweets raise the stakes for media literacy

[ad_1] Media literacy is suddenly a priority issue for schools, thanks to the recent presidential election, a series of ‘fake news’ reports and new research showing how ill-equipped young people are to assess criticize the information they encounter online and…