"Media Literacy is a 21st century approach to education. It provides a framework to access, analyze, evaluate, create and participate with messages in a variety of forms — from print to video to the Internet. Media literacy builds an understanding of the role of media in society as well as essential skills of inquiry and self-expression necessary for citizens of a democracy" (Center for Media Literacy).
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
4 Lens Approach
Check your emotions and evaluate! Rely on logic to critique information
Be aware of any bias that may be triggered, including:
Bias by Omission:
Be a digital detective: dissect for clues and think like a fact checker
Consider the images and videos you encounter - have they been altered?
Example of an altered image that was widely circulated:
Dig deeper for credibility information: author, source, date
Fact Checking Websites:
Consider the reason why information is being presented
What is Click-Bait?
Still want to learn more? Here are some additional resources: