Media Literacy – Classroom – BTN
From waking up in the morning to going to bed in the evening, you consume media. They record videos, TV shows, movies, social media, books, games, magazines, ads, and of course the news, and all of these provide you with information.
KID 1: I usually look at Instagram over breakfast.
KID 4: Usually it’s YouTube and sometimes I watch the news.
KID 2: I consume media for about an hour and a half a day.
KID 4: YouTube I’m probably on YouTube for about two hours a day.
But not all of this information is necessarily good information. Because of this, experts fear that you will not have the skills to help you understand and analyze all that you see.
For example, do you think you can tell the difference between real and fake messages? If you think you can, that’s great. Give yourself a pat on the shoulder, but you really, really need to be sure, as studies show that on some social media sites, fake news spreads further and faster than real news. Even adults often have trouble telling the difference.
There are other issues that are even harder to spot, such as: Can you tell when something or someone is biased in the media? It’s basically like leaning into an opinion on something without considering all the facts. Media bias can be obvious, but it can also be quite subtle and have a huge impact on our opinions.
After all, do you know when something is an ad? This one seems simple, after all, they are easy to spot on TV. But advertisers are pretty clever at getting people to buy things. Today they use social media posts, articles, blogs, and videos to sell things, and it’s not always easy to tell when someone has been paid to promote a product.
Because of this, many people and organizations are now talking about media literacy. It’s basically like any other type of literacy, like learning to read. But this style is about learning to read between the lines of anything you see, hear, or read.
So next time you are consuming your favorite media, remember to pause and question whether the information you are receiving is disgustingly questionable or deliciously correct and fair.