Media Literacy

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Stanford researchers find students have trouble judging the credibility of information online

When it comes to evaluating information that flows across social channels or pops up in a Google search, young and otherwise digital-savvy students …

How a journalism class is teaching middle schoolers to fight fake news

Research last year out of Stanford University revealed that students – from middle schoolers to undergraduates – are easily duped by false …

Did Media Literacy Backfire?

It’s a great headline, isn’t it?As director of Data & Society Research Institute and author of <i>It’s Complicated,</i> danah boyd has a conflicted …

danah boyd on Teen Privacy Strategies in Networked Publics

Trust Me, I'm Your Smartphone

Place the winky face emoticon where you think it best fits: Social media makes you feel lonely. Social media makes you feel less alone. Smartphone …

Psychology

News and America's Kids: How Young People Perceive and Are Impacted by the News

ICA International Panel on Media Literacy High Poverty Neigborhoods

Guide to Responding to Online Harassment - The Association For Media Literacy

Four out of ten internet users have experienced online harassment. 88% of teens say that they have witnessed someone being mean to someone else on …

5 trends in literacy education for 2017

<i>This feature story is part of a series focused exclusively on literacy. To view other posts in the series, check out the spotlight page.</i><p>The current …

Teaching

Children and young people’s rights in the digital age: An emerging agenda - Sonia Livingstone, Amanda Third, 2017

London School of Economics

New Study: Nearly Half of Millennials Struggle With News Literacy and Critical Thinking

BOSTON, May 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The ability to identify fake news and other false information has never been more important. That makes critical …

Did Media Literacy Backfire? – Data & Society

<b>Update:</b> <i>On March 9, 2018, I gave a talk expanding on my ideas in this post after a year of reflection/research. You can read the talk crib and watch</i> …

Before Twitter and Facebook, there was Morse code: Remembering social media’s true inventor

In late March of 2006, a college dropout named Jack Dorsey finished coding a site for Internet users to post 140-character messages.<p>It was called twttr.<p>Dorsey and his co-founders eventually added vowels to the service, forming Twitter. The name made total sense.<p>“The definition was ‘a short burst of …

Social Media

Popular Ed-Tech Platform Edmodo Hacked, Faulted for Ad-Tracking

Motherboard reported that millions of Edmodo user records were for sale on the dark web. The company has removed code that tracked student and …

Rethinking Critical Thinking With the Help of Carl Sagan

Let's face it, when more than half of undergraduates believe that a full moon causes people to behave oddly, when two-thirds of them believe that …

Teaching

How to recognize false content online - the new 5 Ws

How to recognize false content online - the new 5 WsDid you know that almost a quarter of adults have shared a false news story, and that we’re <b>least</b> …

7 Tips for Teaching Readers How to Recognize Bias

When students are learning about research topics and current events, they must also know how to recognize bias. Learning how to spot so-called “fake …

Teaching

Five Laws of MIL | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

Five Laws of Media and Information Literacy<p>We are travelling towards the universality of books, the Internet and all forms of “containers of …

Human Rights

Free Lesson Plans — The Fourth R

The Fourth R team has developed free lesson plans on Critical Media Literacy for all elementary and secondary students and parents, and on …

Who’s Controlling Your World? 5/10

According to former Wikimedia Executive Director, Sue Gardner, we spend three hours each day inside our mobile apps, for every hour we spend on the …

Fake News

Media Literacy: Storytelling As Change Agent

UNESCO Launches Five Laws of Media and Information Literacy (MIL)

This week UNESCO launched a framework illustrating its Five Laws of Media and Information Literacy (MIL).This global strategy marries the large, but …

This incredible tool lets you see how Facebook tracks you online

A browser extension shows you how Facebook infers what content you want to see based on your social media habits and behaviors.<p>Data Selfie is a free …

McCain: Trump’s attacks on press are 'how dictators get started'

The Arizona senator said the nation needs a free and at times adversarial press.<p>President Donald Trump’s attacks on the press echo the language of dictators, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” warning the nation to heed lessons of history.<p>Attacks on the press, McCain said, …

Media and Information Literacy as a Tool for Reinforcing Human Rights, Countering Radicalization and Extremism: Yearbook 2016

Every year the Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue (MILID) Yearbook analyzes an important theme related to sustainable …

Facebook forced to disclose more information about its ad targeting

<i>Facebook now tells each of its users which advertisers are tracking them individually through so-called</i> <i>Custom Audiences</i><i>. This change was most likely</i> …

Google Play Store to remove millions of apps that don't reveal where user data goes

App developers have until March 15 to fix their privacy loopholes.<p>Google has started warning developers that it plans to remove all apps from its …