Wed. May 18th, 2022

What’s “media literacy?” The phrase literacy connotes a excessive diploma of competency and often implies that an individual is aware of find out how to learn and write. A literate particular person, however, is nicely learn, utilizing and making use of excessive stage pondering expertise throughout a broad vary of matters. Laptop literacy means the capability to make use of computer systems nicely. Media literacy, then, is the power to make use of all types of media nicely. A media-literate particular person makes use of tv, films, DVDs, laptop and video video games for particular functions, simply as a print-literate particular person reads a e-book or {a magazine}, a university textual content or a newspaper for particular, varied causes.

Utilizing all visible display screen expertise deliberately is the primary, and most essential ingredient in changing into media literate. Finally as mother and father we wish kids and youths to be in charge of small screens and never be managed by them. Analysis has verified and specialists know {that a} baby who mindlessly watches plenty of TV or performs video video games endlessly is much less geared up to develop the capacities for sensible media use. A media literate baby, however, would study to self-monitor display screen time-being in a position to take it in doses-rather than make a behavior of it four-five hours a day advert nauseum. She or he would wish to do different actions as a result of pondering, inventive kids are curious beings and there is a complete world on the market to explore-screen applied sciences simply being one small a part of it.

Whereas a print-literate particular person reads phrases; a media literate particular person reads photographs. Utilizing evaluation, analysis, and better stage pondering expertise, a media-literate particular person interprets the delicate messages and overt claims visible messages convey. That is the place we wish our youngsters headed-in a path of constructing it second nature to suppose nicely about all types of media photographs.

If we boiled down media literacy for our youngsters, I feel we might discover 5 fundamental expertise that we want them to accumulate:

• Acutely aware, intentional, restricted use of all types of display screen expertise

• Potential to critique visible messages and perceive their intent and mental and emotional impression

• Potential to speak information, concepts, and considerate opinions about media photographs

• A radical understanding of media manufacturing strategies to totally admire how such strategies as digicam angles, lighting, cuts, and many others. impression the messages being delivered

• Potential to make use of all types of display screen expertise purposefully, and ultimately properly

Youngsters can get pleasure from changing into media literate. The 45 household media literacy actions are grouped as follows:

30 Basic actions which you could adapt and use with kids or teenagers.

15 Actions for youngsters, particularly designed for youngsters, ages 3-6

30 Basic Household Media Literacy Actions

1. TV and books.

Hold monitor of the dates when a TV model of a e-book is scheduled to air and encourage your children to learn the e-book first, or observe up this system by suggesting they learn the e-book afterwards. Nice discussions may result from evaluating the unique e-book and the TV model.

2. Use TV to develop kids’s pursuits.

Hyperlink TV applications together with your kids’s pursuits, actions, and hobbies. A toddler focused on crafts can watch craft applications for encouragement and concepts; after viewing a wildlife present, take the youngsters to a zoo and have them recall what they realized about animals from the TV program. How does the actual life expertise differ from the present they watched? Are there any similarities?

3. Time capsule.

Ask your baby to think about that she or he has been given the job of selecting 5 tv applications that will likely be included in a time capsule, to not be opened for 100 years. Talk about what sort of society these exhibits may replicate to a baby opening the time capsule 100 years from now.

4. Totally different viewpoints.

All members of the family watch one program collectively. The TV is then turned off and every particular person writes a couple of sentences about their opinions in regards to the present. Talk about and evaluate everybody’s opinions, mentioning to your baby how totally different folks will like or dislike the identical program. Why are all opinions legitimate? Who had essentially the most persuasive opinion in regards to the present? Why?

5. Watch a TV present being taped.

Take children to a tv program taping both regionally or as a part of a household journey to New York or Los Angeles. To make the journey extra significant, have your kids draw the set, take notes on the format of the present, notice the particular results, and speak about what it was like being within the viewers. Is the viewers essential to the present? How? (It could be simpler to go to an area TV or radio station. You could possibly go to each and speak in regards to the variations between them.)

6. Make up an alternate title.

While you’re watching a TV program or film together with your baby, ask her or him to train creativeness and consider one other title. To get issues rolling, recommend an alternate title your self. All members of the family can provide you with as many alternates as doable. Vote on one of the best. What makes it higher than all the remainder to convey the essence of the present or movie?

7. Examine what you see with what you count on.

Together with your baby, provide you with an outline of a present earlier than watching it, based mostly on what you have learn in a TV schedule. Predict how the characters will act and the way the plot will unfold. When this system ends, take a couple of minutes to speak about what you noticed: Did both of you discover any variations between what was written within the TV schedule and what was really proven? Have been both of you stunned by something you noticed? Is the present what you anticipated it might be? Why or why not?

8. Which class does it match?

Utilizing a tv information, your baby will record all of the exhibits he or she watches, then divide them into the next classes: comedy, information, cartoons, sitcoms, dramas, cleaning soap operas, police exhibits, sporting occasions, academic applications, and documentaries. Which is her or his favourite class and present? Why?

9. Predict what is going to occur.

Throughout industrial breaks, ask your baby to foretell what is going to occur subsequent in this system. You’ll be able to focus on such questions as: If you happen to had been the scriptwriter, how would you finish this story? What do you suppose the principle characters will do subsequent? Is it straightforward or troublesome to guess the principle occasion on this program? Why or why not?

10. The guessing sport.

Flip off the quantity however go away the image on. See in case your baby can guess what is going on. To increase this right into a household sport, have everybody choose a TV character and add his/her model of that character’s phrases.

11. Letter writing.

Encourage your baby to write down letters to TV stations, describing why s/he likes and dislikes sure applications. Emphasize that giving factual and particular data will likely be useful.

12. Be a digicam operator.

Have your baby experiment with a video digicam to study the way it can manipulate a scene (omission-what it leaves out; selection-what it consists of; close-up-what it emphasizes; lengthy shot-what temper it establishes; size of shot-what’s essential and what’s not).

13. Theme songs.

Assist your baby determine the devices and sound results used within the theme songs of his favourite exhibits. Have her sing or play the music within the present and clarify what the music is doing. Does it set a temper? How? Does it inform a narrative? How does it make him/her really feel?

14. Sequence the plot: a sport.

To assist your baby perceive logical sequencing, ask her to look at a TV present whilst you write down its fundamental occasions, jotting every occasion on a separate card. On the completion of this system, shuffle the playing cards and ask your baby to place them in the identical order wherein they appeared throughout this system. Talk about any lapses in logical sequence.

15. A time chart.

Your baby will preserve a time chart for one week of all of her actions, together with TV watching, film watching, and enjoying video video games. Examine the time spent on these actions and on different actions, resembling enjoying, homework, organized sports activities, chores, hobbies, visiting buddies, and listening to music. Which actions get essentially the most time? The least? Do you or your baby suppose the stability needs to be altered? Why or why not?

16. Profitable and dropping.

Inform your baby to look at a sports activities program and record all of the phrases which are used to explain profitable and dropping. Encourage an extended record. You can also make this right into a pleasant competitors, should you like, with two or extra kids gathering phrases from a number of sports activities applications after which studying them aloud.

17. TV and radio.

Whereas watching TV protection of a sports activities sport, flip off the TV sound and have your baby concurrently hearken to radio protection. What does your baby take into consideration the radio protection? Concerning the TV protection? What are the strengths of every? The weaknesses?

18. Quiz present comparability.

Examine and distinction the big variety of sport and quiz exhibits together with your baby. You may see exhibits that check data, exhibits which are based mostly on pure luck, and exhibits which are aimed particularly at kids. That are your kid’s favorites? Why?

19. TV lists.

Help your baby in making lists of all tv applications that contain hospitals, police stations, colleges, and farms, and all tv applications that include imaginative components, resembling science fiction exhibits or cartoons.

20. Tv vocabulary.

Problem your baby to hear for brand new phrases on TV and report again to the household on their definitions.

21. Important viewing survey.

Ask your baby to look at one in every of his favourite applications with you. Afterwards, you’ll each fill out the next survey. Then evaluate your solutions. Are they totally different? Why? Are there proper or unsuitable solutions, or is way of what was recorded open to particular person interpretation?

Important Viewing Survey

Program watched:

Characters (Checklist three to 5 and describe briefly):

Setting (Time and place):


Plot (Checklist three to 5 occasions so as of incidence):

Story theme:


Logic (Did the story make sense? Would this have occurred in actual life?):

Score of the present (from one to 10, with ten being the best):

22. Physique language.

Observe physique language in commercials and/or TV exhibits and movies. Discover head place, hand gestures, and eye motion. How does physique language have an effect on how you’re feeling in regards to the supposed visible or verbal message? Youngsters may minimize out postures and expressions from print commercials (magazines and newspapers) and see if they’ll discover these postures and expressions on TV or in films. How essential is physique language to convey persuasive visible messages?

23. Variations on a narrative.

Have a look at how a specific story is dealt with in another way by totally different channels. Use videotaped exhibits to match. What are the variations? What are the similarities?

24. Fast downside fixing.

Level out to your baby how fast issues are solved on many TV exhibits. Talk about the variations in dealing successfully with challenges in actual life. Chances are you’ll wish to embrace in your dialogue what processes you undergo to determine, confront, and resolve issues.

25. Put phrases of their mouth.

As a household watch a favourite program with the pontificate. Strive to determine what every of the characters within the present is saying. Talk about why you imagine that based mostly on previous data of this system and the way the characters are behaving. Encourage your baby to consider how she or he would write the script for every of the characters. What are the essential issues that they are saying? Why are these thought of essential?

26. Make your individual household TV Information.

Collect your baby/ren and ask them to make a household TV Information for the upcoming week. What applications would they embrace? What applications would they make sure that to not embrace? Ask them to provide causes for his or her decisions.

27. Considering forward to foretell what may occur.

It is a nice exercise for school-age kids who might have steering in watching their favourite applications whilst you cannot be there with them. Give your baby a written record of 3-5 basic questions that they’ll learn earlier than they watch a TV present. Think about such questions as: “What do you suppose this program will likely be about? What do you anticipate the principle character’s troubles will likely be? How will he/she resolve them? Why are you watching this present and never doing one thing else?” Instruct your baby to consider the questions whereas viewing-no want to write down something down-just suppose. As your baby watches, he/she will not be capable of cease enthusiastic about these questions-it’s simply how the mind works. Intermittently, ask your baby to debate the TV program with you, together with how this exercise helps to consider this system!

28. Ask: “What’s going to occur subsequent?”

It is a easy, but efficient exercise. Mute the commercials whereas your loved ones watches TV collectively and ask every baby and grownup what he/she thinks will occur subsequent. There aren’t any proper or unsuitable solutions! This provides everybody an opportunity to interact in inventive interaction after which to check his/her “speculation” when the present resumes. Youngsters might study simply how predictable and mundane plenty of applications are and shortly enhance on the scriptwriters, including their very own inventive concepts!

29. Document your kid’s favourite present.

Then play it again throughout an extended automotive journey or round a comfy fire on a darkish winter night. The aim of this exercise can be to your baby to listen to this system, with out seeing the visuals. Discuss how the characters and their actions change on account of solely listening to the present. Does your baby need to hear extra intently? Why or why not? What are some essential distinctions between watching and listening?

30. Encourage your baby or teen to be a media creator.

Finally what we wish is for our youngsters to search out methods to creatively specific who they’re. You’ll be able to encourage a baby to make use of a digital digicam and make a photograph collage of a household journey, as an example. Older kids and youths can create web sites, blogs, even podcasts. Display screen applied sciences are highly effective instruments and when used deliberately, with particular functions, our youngsters grow to be media-literate within the technique of studying extra about their very own creativity and distinctive expertise.


15 Media Actions for Youngsters, ages 3-6

Display screen Violence

1. Discuss real-life penalties.

If the display screen violence had been taking place in actual life, how would the sufferer really feel? In actual life what would occur to the perpetrator of the violence. Examine what’s on the display screen to the implications of what occurs when somebody hurts one other particular person in the actual world.

2. Violence will not be the best way to resolve issues.

Emphasize that hurting one other particular person in any means or destroying property is unsuitable and will not resolve an individual’s issues. Level out to your baby that most of the violent cartoon characters by no means appear to resolve their issues from episode to episode, and that to make use of violence is to behave with out pondering of the implications. Inform your baby it is highly effective and sensible to search out peaceable, inventive methods to resolve issues with different human beings. Select an issue your baby encountered just lately resembling one other baby taking a toy away and speak in regards to the cheap means the issue was resolved or may have been resolved-without hurting.

3. Anger is pure.

Discuss the truth that all of us get indignant, that it is regular. It is what we do with our anger-how we address it and specific it-that’s essential. When display screen characters harm folks out of anger, it is as a result of they haven’t realized find out how to cope with their anger. Your baby may make a listing of display screen characters who know find out how to cope with their anger in constructive methods.

4. Rely the variety of violent acts.

Whereas watching a favourite cartoon together with your baby, depend the variety of precise violent actions. Level out that these are dangerous to others and you’d by no means permit him/her to do such issues to others. Whole the variety of violent actions on the finish of this system and ask your baby if he/she thought there have been that many. Determine to not watch cartoons or any exhibits with such violent actions.

5. Discuss actual and fake.

In case your baby is uncovered to a violent film or online game, it’s particularly essential to speak with him/her about the truth that the pictures had been pretend-like when your baby performs fake and that nobody was really harm. Make it a typical observe to speak in regards to the variations between actual and fake with any TV applications, films, your baby watches. Understanding this idea fundamental to changing into media-literate!

Display screen Promoting

6. Blind style check.

Present your baby how she will be able to check the claims of commercials. Have her do a blind style check. It may be accomplished with a variety of meals resembling three or 4 sorts of soda pop, spaghetti sauce, cereal-your kid’s favorites. Are the merchandise as nice because the commercials claimed? Can she inform the distinction between a generic model and a well-known one? Can she determine merchandise by identify? Do the commercials make merchandise appear totally different than they are surely? Why or why not? It is a enjoyable exercise to do with a number of kids. Have a style check social gathering!

7. Draw footage of a sense.

Recommend that your baby draw an image depicting how he feels after watching two various kinds of TV commercials. What are the variations between the photographs? Talk about your kid’s emotions in regards to the totally different industrial messages. Image the customer. Youthful kids can watch a industrial after which draw an image of the kind of particular person they suppose will purchase the product. After discussing the kid’s image, clarify how varied viewers appeals are utilized in commercials to draw particular audiences.

8. Cartoon advertisements.

Whereas watching cartoons, your baby can search for particular cartoon characters that seem in common commercials. Clarify the variations between the industrial and the cartoon: Within the industrial, the character sells a product; within the cartoon, the character entertains us. The following time she watches TV, have her report back to you if she sees any cartoon characters promoting merchandise.

9. The toy connection.

When visiting a toy retailer, you and your baby can search for toys which were

marketed on TV or promoted by TV personalities. Level out to him how the toys marketed on TV initially appear extra engaging than these he hasn’t seen marketed.

10. Invent a personality.

Your baby can choose a product, resembling a favourite cereal, and create an imaginary character that can be utilized to promote the product. He/she may draw an image or role-play the character. Or, utilizing puppets, stage an imaginative industrial for a made-up product. Afterwards focus on together with your baby what he or she did to inform folks in regards to the product. Watch a couple of commercials and level out fundamental promoting strategies resembling making the product trying bigger than life, repeating a jingle, and displaying comfortable kids utilizing the product.

Display screen Information

TV information accommodates components that will not be acceptable for younger kids. As a lot as doable, watch information when your baby is in mattress or not within the room. Defend your toddler from graphic photographs and matters that she/he isn’t able to deal with cognitively or emotionally.

Display screen Stereotypes

11. Not higher, simply totally different.

Youngsters are by no means too younger to begin studying the message that variations don’t make anybody higher than anybody else. Level out how every member of the family has his or her personal particular person preferences, habits, concepts, and behaviors. Variations make us all distinctive and attention-grabbing. When your baby sees a racist or sexist stereotype on the display screen, clarify that the writers of the script made an error in portraying the character in that gentle.

12. Change the image.

Play a sport together with your baby: When she encounters a display screen stereotype, ask her whether or not different varieties of folks may play that position. As an example, if the secretary is a younger lady, clarify that males are secretaries, too, and that many older girls are very competent secretaries.

13. Ladies, boys, and toys.

As you stroll by way of a toy retailer, level out varied toys to your baby, asking every time whether or not the toy is made for a boy or a lady. Ask if any baby may simply as nicely play with the toy. Encourage your baby to search out toys that may be enjoyable for ladies and boys to play with. Then, when your baby sees toy commercials on TV, level out whether or not solely little boys or little ladies are enjoying with the toys.

14. Play: Who’s lacking?

Typically what kids see on the display screen doesn’t characterize all nationalities and the variety she or he encounters in preschool, kindergarten, or on the playground. Whereas watching favourite cartoons or films together with your baby, focus on who’s missing-such as an older particular person; a disabled particular person, or an individual of a sure race or nationality. You may also focus on what varieties of folks your baby encounters extra typically on the screen-young, glamorous, comfortable white folks often take up nearly all of the visible photographs with males outnumbering girls 3 to 1!

15. Mannequin dialogue of display screen stereotypes.

When your loved ones watches a favourite TV program or a preferred DVD, you may assist your teenager determine stereotypical roles, behaviors, and attitudes by holding household conversations to contain your partner and/or older kids. Whereas watching this system or film, the adults and the older kids take notes, monitoring at any time when they spot a stereotype of age, gender, or race. After watching, flip off the TV/VCR and focus on everybody’s observations. Utilizing every member of the family’s notes, compile a grasp record of the stereotypical statements and portrayals that had been famous. This dialogue may be made extra attention-grabbing should you taped this system (or replay the DVD in acceptable scene/s), so you may refer again to it as members of the family focus on the stereotypes they noticed. Your toddler will hearken to this household media literacy dialog and take up essential data whereas the others share their concepts.

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