Media Literacy

By Dalila

What is Media and what does it mean to be media literate

Media is an interwoven system that everyone gets their information from. We live in a world of powerful 24/7 media. It is a social access that kids teenagers , and even adults use for entertainment. Most parents would assume the media is a violent and uneducated idea for their kids so they try turning off the television and not letting their kids have a phone. However media is not something that anyone can run away from. It will always be around because media is a part of our culture. The media can entertain and inform our children in positive ways, but since most of us aren’t taught to use media thoughtfully, many media messages contribute to public issues like bullying, low self-esteem, depression, negative body image, risky sexual behavior, and among many other problems. Media literacy was made so that we would be able to access, evaluate, analyze, and create media. I think media literacy is an effective and engaging way to apply critical thinking skills to a wide range of issues. It can help us recognize lies, misinformation and spins, discover the parts of the story that are not being told, help us evaluate media messages based on our own experiences, skills, beliefs, and values, drive us to create and distribute our own media messages, and most importantly, advocate for media justice. It can become critical to the health and well-being of America’s children, as well as to our future participation in the civic and economic life of our world.