The responsibility of parents on Media literacy

11/09/2015

Nowadays medias are everywhere, and they significantly influence our everyday life. Although it doesn't represent always such a big threat for adults, it can be dangerous for young people who don't know how to approach new technologies. The article about Media literacy in Europe available on the London School of Economics and Political Science's blog "parenting4digitalfuture" talks about this argument. Here some highlights.

Media literacy is now a key competence. As media are omnipresent, it is important to teach children how to use media in a sensible way, and to develop a critical attitude towards media. For this, children need good role models that show an interest in them and can set boundaries if necessary.

The responsibility for the media education of children and adolescents can therefore not be outsourced solely to teachers and schools – rather, it’s the family where the keystones of personal development are set, and thus the family should also play an active part in children’s media education.

Parents have a responsibility for supporting their children’s media literacy, but should be supported to do so, argues Tim Verbist (the Director of Media Meets Literacy).

How children will use media outside the family depends on how they have experienced media (usage) within it. Therefore, media education is more than ever a family affair.

This belief is motivated in an article by Sara Pereira of the University of Minho in Portugal, where she explains the importance of parental mediation, one of the principal questions being how parents should attend to their children’s media use. The most important prerequisite for good mediation is that parents know what their children are doing with media, what they use media for, why they are attracted by media, etc., and that they are interested in and know the media worlds of their children.

The Evens Foundation’s second edition of Media Literacy in Europe focuses entirely on the role that parents play (or should play) in their children’s media education.

If you want to see the original article click here.

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