Kids (and, surprisingly, babies) nowadays have their hands on smartphones, tablets, computers, and/or gaming systems with social media sharing. They’re exposed to much more information than I ever was when I was a kid! (I’m a post-millennial, by the way.)
Parents just give their kids easy-access to the internet without teaching them about how to analyze the information they find, nor put in the effort to monitor the kind of information their kids are digesting.
Elementary school teachers aren’t just “substitutes for parents” nor do they just serve to teach children common curriculum; they’re role models. Since children spend a lot of time with their teachers, teachers should help shape kids into model citizens for an unknown future by helping kids connect and apply what they’ve learned to real-world things such as media literacy.
Media literacy doesn’t just apply to news media; it covers a wide range of information, from the things we see and read on social media to the media gossip we hear in conversations.
Our beliefs and decisions are heavily-influenced by the media, but we don’t consciously think about that.
We can’t rely on people like news reporters and social media developers to censor information and to speak the truth. It’s up to educators and us to highlight the importance of media literacy to children… and most importantly, to parents.
Educators can indirectly inform parents about media literacy through their students; they can encourage their students to have conversations with their parents about what they’ve learned in school.
I don’t know how else they can inform parents about media literacy, but I hope word gets out to more educators about the importance of media literacy so that more people don’t fall victim to false or bad ideas from the media in the future.
Here are some of my favorite reactions from PewDiePie and Christian DelGrosso about Logan Paul. Logan Paul’s controversial YouTube videos and other things from the media are what made me think of how important it is to teach kids media literacy in this age of narcissism and the internet.