EC&I 832,  Weekly Reflections

Week #2 Reflection: Media Literacy

Media literacy was a new definition for me until I read Potter’s book (Chapters 1 and 2). Media is an integral part of today’s society, I probably don’t realize how much media I encounter on a daily basis and don’t realize how it is important for us. Because we are surrounded by so much media information, it is essential to understand the messages that are being communicated to us and how to use this massive media information. Fake news is everywhere, so it is especially important for children who are not only more susceptible to the influences of the media but who are also more adept and creative when it comes to manipulating and utilizing media. It is important to incorporate media literacy into education because we are currently living in a digital world.

Strengthen Media Literacy to Win the Fight Against Misinformation

There is no doubt that media literacy has already become an essential skill for everyone’s life in the ever-changing world. A person who is media literate can clearly describe the role of media in their lives. According to Potter, media literacy is a set of perspectives that we actively use to expose ourselves to the mass media to interpret the meaning of the messages we encounter. Media literacy can help people identify reliable sources and filter through an information maze to get the truth. Media literacy helps you save yourself from information overload. It helps you access, analyze, evaluate, and create media in a variety of forms. Being media literate, you can find the right way to the correct information instead of being overwhelmed by fake information.

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How To Teach Media Literacy to Kids?

Firstly, I feel it is important to integrate media literacy early in children’s lives. Much like swimming or piano lessons, children should start learning media literacy early because they are exposed to media earlier than kids in the old days. Kids are curious. They know how to use Google or ChatGPT to find the answers they are looking for. Therefore, parents should teach them how to find trustworthy information. For example, lessons about identifying URLs.

Secondly, as Potter mentioned, the skills crucial to media literacy are analysis, evaluation, grouping, induction, deduction, synthesis, and abstraction. Those skills are important for kids to acquire. Being able to critically analyze and evaluate the power of mass messages conveyed through media is an essential class for kids.

Media Literacy

Finally, critical thinking is important for kids to learn as well. Kids will learn that texts have more than a single level or meaning and learn how to discover the second and possibly even third or fourth levels of meaning in media literacy texts through critical thinking.

At this point, I have reflected on the importance of media literacy in education and ways to help children develop media literacy. Kids need to be able to recognize bias in the media and avoid only looking at sources that confirm the view they already have. Media literacy is important in schools and society, especially with the advent of AI-generated content. In navigating the vast ocean of information, let’s teach our kids how to informed and responsible engage with the media that shapes our world.


  • Curtis Norman

    Hi Echo. Great post! Your one sentence, “Much like swimming or piano lessons, children should start learning media literacy early” really had an impact on me and made me think about my own family. My kids are in swimming and piano yet have navigated the internet on their own with my wife and I trying to guide them but not with great regulation.
    We are essentially building the plane as we fly it and that isn’t a great approach to anything.
    Maybe instead of teaching Career Education in grade 6 they should dedicate 90 minutes a week to digital citizenship!
    I look forward to reading more of your posts!

    • Echo

      Hi Curtis,

      Thank you for reading my post. That’s true. Digital citizenship is also an important lesson for kids to learn same as career education, and it needs to learn as early as possible. I feel once they learn digital citizenship early in their life, they will form muscle memory just like we learn to swim or riding a bike. Once we know how to swim or ride a bike, we will never forget them.

  • Michael

    I think there is a fallacy of thought that students are more “savvy” than us with technology. Your thinking about “media literacy” and Potter’s work demonstrates this is untrue. If nobody shows students how to be critical in their response to media, they will become passive consumers of it. I often encounter students who think something they encounter is true. At the Treaty 4 Gathering this week, a woman calling herself “The Queen of Canada” was promoting herself. I checked her out online, and she is a QAnon supporter in Canada. She was talking with students at the Treaty 4 Gathering. It is obvious to me that students need media literacy and critical thinking skills.

    • Echo

      Hi Michael,

      Thank you for reading my post. I think everyone holds an opinion which does not mean it is wrong or true. If someone feels she can be the queen of Canada which does not mean all students would believe it, right? Why students can be more “savvy” just because of their way of life nowadays. Students can never become passive consumers because they keep growing and being introduced more ways of learning. Also in a way of think that everyone is a student because we all keep learning.

  • Kendyll Herauf

    “Kids need to be able to recognize bias in the media and avoid only looking at sources that confirm the view they already have. ”

    I think more than just KIDS need to do this too sometimes šŸ˜‰

    • Echo

      Hi Kendyll,

      Thank you for reading my post. I agree that everyone needs to check if they have bias in the media and absorb information through trustworthy sources and channels.

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