QuickLinks - Media Literacy
QuickLinks - Media Literacy
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Issue no. 404 - 21 December 2009
EU - Council Conclusions on media literacy
Council Conclusions on media literacy in the digital environment have been adopted by the Education, Youth and Culture Council meeting on 27 November 2009. In these Conclusions, the Council reaffirms its commitment towards media literacy and welcomes the Commission Recommendation
of 20 August 2009.
Issue no. 402 - 18 October 2009
EU - Commission sets new information society challenge: Becoming literate in new media
The way we use media is changing, the volume of information enormous, demanding more of us than being able to read, write or use a computer. The European Commission today warned that Europeans young and old could miss out on the benefits of today's high-tech information society unless more is done to make them 'media literate' enough to access, analyse and evaluate images, sounds and texts and use traditional and new media to communicate and create media content. The Commission said EU countries and the media industry need to increase awareness of the many media messages people encounter, be they advertisements, movies or online content. The European Commission has adopted policy guidelines calling on EU countries and industry to promote media literacy across Europe through activities that help people access, understand and critically evaluate all media they are exposed to, like TV and film, radio, music, print media, the internet and digital communication technologies. Education is a national competence, but the Commission invited EU countries to open a debate on how to give media literacy a prominent place in schools.
C(2009)6464 on media literacy in the digital environment for a more competitive audiovisual and content industry and an inclusive knowledge society.
Issue no. 394 - 7 December 2008
US - Online time 'is good for teens'
Surfing the internet, playing games and hanging out on social networks are important for teen development, a large study of online use has revealed. The report counters the stereotypical view held by many parents and teachers that such activity is a waste of time. More than 800 teenagers and parents took part in the three-year
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White Paper - Living and Learning with New Media: Summary of Findings from the Digital Youth Project
Issue no. 383 - 27 January 2008
UK - Google White bread for young minds, says university professor
Google is "white bread for the mind", and the internet is producing a generation of students who survive on a diet of unreliable information, a professor of media studies will claim this week. In her inaugural lecture at the University of Brighton, Tara Brabazon will urge teachers at all levels of the education system to equip students with the skills they need to interpret and sift through information gleaned from the internet.
UK - The "Google generation" not so hot at Googling, after all
A new UK report on the habits of the "Google Generation" finds that kids born since 1993 aren't quite the Internet super-sleuths they're sometimes made out to be. For instance, are teens better with technology than older adults? Perhaps, but they also "tend to use much simpler applications and fewer facilities than many imagine." The report,
Information Information Behaviour of the Researcher of the Future
, sponsored by the British Library and the Joint Information Systems Committee, tries to get beyond the stereotypes to find out just how good young people are with information technology, and what the implications are for schools and libraries. Based on log analysis from British Library web sites and search tools, along with a "virtual" longitudinal study based on literature reviews from the past 30 years, the report explodes a number of myths about students today. See also
table of contents and teaser content
Issue no. 368 - 15 October 2006
EU - Commission announces support for media literacy mission
The European Charter for Media Literacy, set up to help citizens play a full role in 21st-century European culture, democracy and social life has been endorsed by the Commission. The charter website at
has been online since April 2006 and has already collected more than 100 signatories from a wide range of countries, institutions and individuals.
EU - Commission begins public consultation on media literacy
To cultivate and improve media literacy in the digital age, the European Commission has opened an EU-wide survey of best practices, and will set out its findings and proposals in a Communication in 2007. The survey questionnaire seeks the public's views on media literacy in connection with digital technologies, and information about initiatives in commercial communications, film and the online world. The deadline for replies is 15 December.
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a free newsletter appearing approximately every two to three weeks. The newsletter is distributed by electronic mail through an "announcement only" mailing list.
a Web site with frequent updates, an events page, news items organised by category as well as chronologically by issue and full text search.
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