Between School and Family: A Booklet of Good Practices in Media Education

TitleBetween School and Family: A Booklet of Good Practices in Media Education
Publication TypeConference Paper
Author(s)Silveira, P., C. Pessôa, S. Petrella, A. Carvalho, and D. Pinto
Section or WGMedia Education Research Section
DateWed 26 June
Slot CodeMERW4a
Slot Code (Keyword)MERW4a
Time of Session16:00-17:30
Session TitleSkilling for media literacy
Submission ID7014

The way new generations communicate, access and share information has a strong impact in their socialization process. The media, together with family and school, play an important role in the cognitive, emotional, and social development of children, especially in their first years of life. By spending long periods of their days connected with several media messages and formats, children have access to information that would not otherwise be easily available to them. This issue can become a challenge for the family and the school community, and our current time of great technological development highlights the importance of promoting children’ skills on how to access new technologies appropriately, and of teaching them how to actively and critically use the available resources.  Despite the abundance of materials and resources aiming to develop media literacy in countries such as Canada, France, or England, the Portuguese context is surely different as these remain sparse and occasional. In this sense, a booklet has been created to take into account the collection and analysis of other programs of media education developed in Portugal. Its intent has been to gather a compilation of programs that promote the acquisition of critical skills towards the media, both in school and family contexts.  On the grounds of such assumptions, this project arose from a study commissioned by the Entity for the Media Regulation (ERC), Media education in Portugal: Experiences, Actors and Contexts, as well as from the initiatives developed for the One Day with the Media (2012), a national event that intended to highlight the relationship between the citizens and the media, promoting efforts towards reflexion and action.  Using a qualitative approach, a content analysis was performed based on specific criteria (target-public, material produced, coverage, etc.) in an attempt to select and rethink previous initiatives, while trying to replicate them into different contexts. The outcome of this study will be a booklet within the project Seven Day with the Media, promoted by the IGML – Informal Group for Media Literacy – with the goal of raising awareness and promoting a critical and collaborative use of the media.  Children, Family, School, Media Literacy, Skills

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