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.

Media literacy provides citizens with the ability to think critically, and gives them a comprehensive understanding of how media works, and how it can influence both individuals and society as a whole. Discussing media literacy has never been so important, especially in light of the recent phenomenon of ‘fake news' and its influence on our perception of what we read and what we believe.
The Insafe network of Safer Internet Centres (SICs) sees it as an important and necessary task to empower children and young people to adopt good media habits, and to guide parents and teachers to support children and youth in their use of online media and digital technologies. Therefore, on the Better Internet for Kids portal you'll find a range of resources on the topic of media literacy from across Europe. Examples include:
  • The Austrian Safer Internet Centre has published a fully-illustrated storybook for very young online users (aged 3-6). Titled ‘The Online-Zoo', it aims to teach digital competences and media literacy in a playful, age-appropriate way.
  • Childnet (partner in the UK Safer Internet Centre), has recently launched ‘Trust Me', a new resource designed to support primary and secondary school teachers in exploring critical thinking online.
Other examples of work around media literacy from across the network can be found in the sixth edition of the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) bulletin.
Involving young people in debates on internet safety and media literacy, as well as ensuring that their voices are heard, are crucial elements for the Insafe network in order to advance the Better Internet for Kids agenda. For this reason, we organise the annual European Youth Panel (YEP) event supporting the next generation of digital citizens. The purpose of YEP is also to prepare participating youth panellists to engage in debates with policy and decision makers, internet experts, industry partners and other stakeholders present at the annual Safer Internet Forum (SIF). Our aim is to foster an open dialogue among all actors to achieve a safer – and better – internet.

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Media literacy in audiovisual media services

  • News
  • 14/03/2016
  • BIK team

In a converging media world where children and young people have increasing access to digital devices – from videos on demand to connected TVs – media literacy has grown to be an intrinsic requirement for all audiovisual media users.