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Content with tag media literacy .

Cooperation is the key for broad-based media education in Finland

  • Awareness
  • 02/03/2018
  • Finnish Safer Internet Centre

Safer Internet Day (SID) was celebrated all over the world on Tuesday, 6 February 2018 under the theme: "Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you". Here, the Finnish Safer Internet Centre provides an overview of its activities in support of the campaign.

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Are students allowed to be active producers?

  • Awareness
  • 20/02/2018
  • Finnish Safer Internet Centre

In Finnish schools, students are more than learners; they are active producers of texts. Textual understanding is multi-modal. In other words, students not only need to know how to read and write texts, they also need to be able to produce and understand images, audio and video content, for example. The curricula that set obligations for providers of education to make this versatility clear. In addition to the content of many different subjects, multiliteracy must be improved as a broad and transversal competence in all education.

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Professional speed dating supports the cross-sectoral cooperation in media education - experiences from the Media Education Forum

  • Awareness
  • 28/12/2017
  • Finnish Safer Internet Centre

The field of media education in Finland is broad and diverse. This variety of organisations, target groups, aims and perspectives is one of the strengths, but it also raises challenges, for example for cooperation. One way to promote and enhance cooperation is by organising mutual events for professionals in the field. Here, the Finnish Safer Internet Centre (SIC) outlines its approaches.

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Generation Media: becoming media literate together during Dutch Media Literacy Week 2017

  • Awareness
  • 14/12/2017
  • Dutch Safer Internet Centre

Starting the dialogue about media use and skills, learning from each other and becoming media literate together: that's what this year's Dutch Media Literacy Week (Week van de Mediawijsheid) was all about. The 8th edition of the yearly campaign took place from 17-24 November 2017. With the brand new Media Literacy Debate for youngsters, more than 165,000 children registered for the MediaMasters Game, and around 130 activities took place all over the country. As we celebrate a successful week, read about some of the highlights below.

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The fight against fake news: media literacy as a useful tool

  • Awareness
  • 29/06/2017
  • Ľuboš Perniš, Youth Ambassador

The June 2017 edition of the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) bulletin focuses on the highly topical issue of fake news. As always in the work we do in creating a safer and better internet, gaining the perspectives of young people is essential. Here, Ľuboš, a youth ambassador from Slovakia, shares his thoughts.

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Fake news, echo chambers and filter bubbles: what you need to know

In each edition of the BIK bulletin, we look at a topical issue – our latest edition focuses on fake news. Fake news, echo chambers and filter bubbles are hot topics right now. Are they the next generation of online-related challenges? Are they old foes wearing new clothes? Or are they something else? Martina Chapman, an independent specialist in media literacy, considers the role that critical media literacy, supported by cross-sector collaboration and coordination, may have in countering these issues. Read on to find out more (read the full June 2017 edition of the BIK bulletin here).

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Raising a new generation of digital citizens in Armenia

  • Awareness
  • 10/05/2017
  • Safer Internet Armenia (safe.am)

The launch of the Armenian version of the Web We Want resource, published by European Schoonet (EUN), marked the ninth edition of Safer Internet Armenia. The programme, launched annually on Safer Internet Day (SID), currently unites public organisations, private organisations and educational institutions with the aim of raising awareness and educating about internet risks, privacy and security issues.

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New study: Young people in Austria feel unsettled by fake news

  • Awareness
  • 06/02/2017
  • Austrian Safer Internet Centre

On the 14th international Safer Internet Day, taking place on 7 February 2017, the Austrian initiative Saferinternet.at will present the results of its recent study on the topic of "Internet rumours: How do teens evaluate information found on the internet?". Social networks are the main information resources for young people in Austria, although they are not perceived as trustworthy. 86 per cent of the respondents indicate that they are insecure as to whether information found on the internet is true. They expect support from their parents and their teachers to acquire media literacy.

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Media literacy – best practices from the Insafe network

Nowadays, as we get most of our information through various media outlets, the ability to ‘read' many different types of media has become an essential skill in the 21st century.

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Fake news

In recent weeks, "fake news" has become a hot topic. In the recent US presidential elections, ‘fake news' involving both candidates and its possible influence on US voters' decision-making processes have been at the frontline of discussions. 

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