Should Media Literacy be Taught in Schools?

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The operating system, Windows 98 hit retail on June 25 1998, yet well used into the 2000’s long after better systems came on the market therefore a lot of children and teachers had to suffer through using a dated dinosaur computers, that they feared would explode.

The current media landscape has evolved drastically in the past few years, creating new ways for people to connect to vast networks of people, express themselves creatively and gain knowledge.

However, there is one aspect that hinders people from reaching their full potential on the online world. Most children and young adults learn about the limitless possibilities of cyberspace through their own interactions on their own time. This is provided that they have the means to access the Internet or an up to date computer. Not all youth are able to reach their full potential on the Internet or have the change to understand both the pros and cons of the media landscape.

The one aspect that many lack is a basic education in media literacy provided by schools and academic institutions. However, the education systems have not adapted to the changing media culture that has become a significant part of our society.

Media literacy is important because it can be a tool that inspires creativity through self-expression of blogs, video channels and even art. It provides them with access to knowledge and continued learning through developing new ways of learning.

Education must also focus on the dangers of cyberspace from the issues important of media consumption and critical understanding of messages that they are shown through advertisement, how to avoid Internet addiction and understanding that while there is a lot of knowledge, there is even more misinformation presented on the Internet. Filtering information is a basic tool that children and young adults need to comprehend to survive the bombardment of information being shown to them. Therefore, both the pros and the cons need to be taught to the minds of youth.

In conclusion, media literacy should be taught to children and young adults in schools and those loud, dinosaur computers should be tossed out to make way for a new generation of the literate.

Work Cited

Jenkins, H. (et. al). Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Reports on Digital Media and Learning. Retrieved from https://mitpress.mit.edu/sites/default/files/titles/free_download/9780262513623_Confronting_the_Challenges.pdf

Jenkins, H. (2006). Eight Traits of the New Media Landscape. Retrieved from http://henryjenkins.org/2006/11/eight_traits_of_the_new_media.html

Tornero, J.M.P. & Varis, T. (2010). New Media Literacy & New Humanism. UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education. Retrieved from http://iite.unesco.org/pics/publications/en/files/3214678.pdf

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