Media Literacy-How do we keep it real?
How many of you get your everyday information from your phone or laptop in a matter of seconds? 65% of Americans get their information and news from social media today. We have an endless stream of information at the click of a button but many of us don’t know how to navigate this constant changing digital world. Media literacy is how we can learn to master the information the internet throws at us and incorporating it into our education early on is crucial. Faith Rogow in her Article said I best, “media literacy is about helping children develop the life skills they need to become thinkers and makers in the multimedia environment that is their reality.” Children today need the tools and resources to interpret and process what they find on the internet.
So how can we find these tools to decode the internet? Hopefully all schools are lucky enough to have a Library Media Specialist (like my mom) to teach and help children today learn the knowledge of how to spot “fake news”. From Twitter to Instagram, even the same post can get distorted between the two social outlets. We all can’t be naive to think that just because it is published on the internet, that information must be true. Fact checking tests, like the CRAPP test were designed with good intentions to help spot false information, but it most likely can’t keep up with the fast paced changing environment that we call the internet.
It is amazing to think that I myself did not necessarily grow up with the internet. It was still new to the world but now it has literally taken over. We no longer go for a coffee run and grab the morning paper, we now grab coffee and scroll through our morning news. But not just on one site of course. There is your political news, weather, beauty tips etc. I’m sure we are all guilty of trying some crazy home remedy online that we found on the internet. And we believed it enough to actual try it.
Media Literacy in my mind, is the most important outlet of all digital literacies. It effects the way we learn, communicate and process all of our information. It can be overwhelming the effects this information can have on us. Whether it be positive or negative, I just hope we can keep it real.
Don’t take the click bate!