Parents, Kids & Media

Digital Britain

The British Government releases an ambitious new plan for its media and communications industries, including a national plan for media literacy education.  Also, the British Office of Communications audit entitled Digital Lifestyles.

Comics and Media Literacy

This issue introduces the use of comic books and graphic novels as tools for media literacy.  We demonstrate how readers of comic books and graphic novels make complex choices to construct meaning from text, illustrations as conventions of the medium; demonstrate how comic books can be appreciated as works of storytelling art in their own right; and how writing and producing comics can help students develop complex literacy skills.

Cell Phones as Learning Tools

A new study from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at the Sesame Workshop explores the potential of cell phones to revolutionize teaching and learning.  Research from the William and Ida Friday Institute at North Carolina State University outlines the potential of 1:1 technology environments, and The Center on Media and Child Health at Children’s Hospital Boston launches “Ask the Mediatrician.”  

Professional Development

In our research section, we review current research and trends in professional development for K-12 educators, and discuss the opportunities which recently developed models of professional development present for dissemination of media literacy concepts and pedagogy. 

Parents and Media Literacy

The role that parents play in teaching children about the positive, directed use of new media technologies could not be more critical than it is at this time. In May 2010, the Pew Center for Internet and Society released new information on cyberbullying.  Also includes an interview with Anne Collier, editor of NetFamilyNews.org. 

Online Safety

Are media reports about internet predators accurate?  
NCTE Website Features Partnership for 21st Century Skills Literacy Map and New Report Documents Success of Achieve’s American Diploma Project. Introducing MediaLit Moments - activities for the classroom. 

Media Violence

We survey media violence research, examine the debates that make media violence a “hot” topic, and explain why media literacy education is a game- changing strategy which re-frames the terms of debate.  

Media Violence and Media Relationships

We discuss the four effects of media violence, and review recent media effects research, as well as research supporting media literacy as an educational intervention.  In our second article, we apply theories of audience response to violent media to the American action film.  And we examine the possibility that media producers may be shaping audience views of what constitutes realistic media violence.  Also Conducting a Close Analysis of a media text teaches fundamental skills for media literacy. 

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