Media Literacy Now is a charitable education policy initiative designed to ensure that media literacy becomes part of the public discourse with the goal of seeing Media Literacy accepted as an essential element in public education. The MLN advocacy project is making change at the local, state and national levels to ensure all students receive comprehensive media literacy education and skills.
Media literacy is equal to literacy in the 21st century and is therefore key to the informed citizens of a democracy, equipped to evaluate and analyze news and information, and to participate.
Why it matters
Media Literacy is critical to the health and well-being of America's children, as well as to their future participation in the civic and economic life of a democracy. MLN is building a movement of people calling for education systems across the United States to ensure all students have the Media Literacy skills they need in an interconencted global media age.
An understanding of how media messages and mass media systems shape society has always been important, but never more so than in today’s wall-to-wall media environment, where advanced communications technologies quickly become widely accessible.
Multiple studies have shown that many young people lack the media and information-literacy skills they need to be competent communicators in the 21st century. Many don’t venture beyond the top result when searching online and lack the critical skills to assess the validity of online-search results and identify the sources and credibility of information from both online and other media.
We’ve seen that a lack of media literacy carries the risk that the public will not be able to discern fact from fiction, and the challenge is growing fast. An elevation of the public discourse around media and the type of education needed to prepare our children, and all of us, to adapt to this new reality is urgently needed.
The solution is media literacy education for all students, kindergarten through grade 12. Media literacy provides foundational skills for digital citizenship that help children use technology in thoughtful, ethical and responsible ways.
Media Literacy Now is a charitable education policy initiative designed to ensure that media literacy becomes part of the public discourse with the goal of seeing Media Literacy accepted as an essential element in public education. The…