Parents get pummeled with “Dos & Don’ts” about their role in managing kids’ media, but if we instill critical thinking habits early on in fun, fresh ways, children gain the tools to access, analyze, evaluate, create, and act upon the messages they receive by taking the lead themselves.
All those constant “why and how” questions help develop healthy media habits and information literacy for life.
Who made this and why? What does this media want me to think about and how does it make me feel? What’s left out, what’s put in, what’s shown and what’s implied?
Since all media is a construct, kids with the skills to evaluate messages from this lens, build a knack for natural analysis as they process the various influences that come their way, whether it’s ads, shows, stories or what’s studied in school.