Screen Shot 2016-04-11 at 3.45.16 PMMarch 16, 2016—Individual and student memberships to the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) are now free. NAMLE’s move to widen the media literacy Big Tent through free membership is a key move in increasing momentum for media literacy education in the United States. It comes at a time of grass-roots promotion of legislation across various states to mandates media literacy as part of the formal school curriculum. [click here to join the NAMLE community]

child-looking-at-phone-342X243November 7, 2015—National Media Literacy Week (Nov 2-6) coincided with the launch of “Right from the Start,” a national initiative (from FHI360) that focuses on children in grades PreK-3. It aims to encourage good digital citizenship and to promote safe and responsible online behavior.  It also invites parents, educators, media producers, advocates and policy makers to sign a declaration and to take other important steps to promote and foster safe, responsible behaviors online and off. [Read more and sign the declaration.]

iStock_000041711666_Large.jpg.736x0_q85November 2, 2015—Canada and other countries have been touting the benefits of media literacy education for more than a decade. So, why is the U.S. so far behind? And if media literacy is so important, why isn’t it a required component of American education? What can families do to foster media literacy in their homes and communities? Here are a few problems, a few figures, and a few suggestions for the future. Read the full article on [log-in required]