101: "My first piece of advice is to not rely on social media to be your main form of news consumption." Media literacy with Kara Handley
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AD Navy Public Affairs Officer, Navy Spouse, and San Diego State University Graduate Student Kara Handley shares her knowledge and experiences with media literacy, and why education in this space is so important for children, service members, and their families especially with the social dilemma that most of us are experiencing.

Connect with Kara on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kara-handley-apr-m-35974788/

Episode Highlights:

  • What is media literacy education and its importance
  • Resources available to parents to get media literacy education
  • Why did it take so long for us to finally start with media literacy education?
  • The immediate call to actions for our military families
  • Common mistakes that people do without a critical understanding of media literacy

Key Points:

  • Media literacy is the ability to access and analyze media messages to drill down and know what the intent is. 
  • The biggest suggestion to tackle the social dilemma that we are facing is to educate children and adults with media literacy. 
  • Do not rely on your social media feed to be your main form of news consumption. Fact-check the information from verified news sources and make sure to get different opinions. 

Media Literacy Resources

  1. International Research and Exchanges Board Resources - The International Research & Exchanges Board is an international, nonprofit organization that specializes in global education and development. https://www.irex.org/
  2. National Association for Media Literacy Education - the leading nonprofit membership organization dedicated to advancing media literacy education in the United States. https://namle.net/
  3. News Literacy Project - The News Literacy Project, a nonpartisan national education nonprofit, provides programs and resources for educators and the public to teach, learn and share the abilities needed to be smart, active consumers of news and information and equal and engaged participants in a democracy. https://newslit.org/
  4. Checkology -- free online learning platform for news literacy. https://get.checkology.org/
  5. Get Smart Newsletter -- provides and debunks current examples of misinformation https://newslit.org/get-smart-newsletters/
  6. Informable - free media literacy skills-based gaming app https://informable.newslit.org/
  7. Is That a Fact? Podcast -- News Literacy Project’s podcast https://newslit.org/podcast/
  8. Media Literacy Now - Media Literacy Now is leading the grassroots movement to create a public education system that ensures all students learn the 21st-century literacy skills they need for health, well-being, economic participation, and citizenship. This advocacy group focuses more on K-12 education legislation but their resource page has a ton of great information and modules. https://medialiteracynow.org/

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