Media and information literate citizens: think critically, click wisely!

5 June 2022

Content providers such as libraries, archives, museums, media, and digital communications companies can enable inclusive and sustainable development. However, they do not always live up to these ideals, which creates challenges for the users of these services. Content providers of all types open up new opportunities for lifelong learning. But at the same time, they open up challenges such as misinformation and disinformation, hate speech, and infringement of online privacy, among others.

Media and information literacy is a set of competencies that help people to maximize advantages and minimize harms. Media and information literacy covers competencies that enable people to critically and effectively engage with: communication content; the institutions that facilitate this content; and the use of digital technologies. Capacities in these areas are indispensable for all citizens regardless of their ages or backgrounds.

This pioneering curriculum presents a comprehensive competency framework of media and information literacy and offers educators and earners structured pedagogical suggestions. It features various detailed modules covering the range of competencies needed to navigate todays communications ecosystem. This resource links media and information literacy to emerging issues, such as artificial intelligence, digital citizenship education, education for sustainable development, cultural literacy, and the exponential rise in misinformation and disinformation, With effective use of this media and information literacy curriculum, everyone can become media and information literate as well as peer-educators of media and information literacy.

  • Corporate author: UNESCO
  • ISBN: 978-92-3-100448-3
  • Collation: 407 pages
  • Language: English,
  • Year of publication: 2021
  • Licence type: CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

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