What is media literacy?


Media Literacy Education and Media Mindfulness

“Media literacy is a twenty-first-century approach to education. It provides a framework to access, analyze, evaluate, and create messages in a variety of forms—from print to video to the Internet. Media literacy builds an understanding of the role of media in society as well as essential skills of inquiry and self-expression necessary for citizens of a democracy.”

— Center for Media Literacy

Media mindfulness is media literacy education in the context of faith formation. Mindfulness adds a quality of reflection to the

above definition, a sense of responsibility and respect for oneself and others.

(From “Our Media World: Teachings Kids K-8 about Faith and Media” by Gretchen Hailer, RSHM and Rose Pacatte, FSP, Pauline Books & Media, Boston)



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