Media literacy education is much more than coviewing or teaching children how to decode a few media texts, question advertising claims, or stay safe online. It’s about opening the world—and all its possibilities—to them.
Educators can reflect on and plan anew how the appropriate use of digital technologies and media can promote young children’s learning and healthy development, particularly when embedded in strong relationships and joyful, engaging experiences.
However, decades of research and professional practice point to the potential of technology and media, especially when the content is of high quality and created for educational purposes with young children.
Rachel Konerman, Jennifer Horwitz, Sarah Clancy, Carmen Rietta
Just as we lay the foundations for print literacy starting at birth, early childhood educators have a vital role to play in laying the foundations for the more sophisticated media literacy skills we expect of adolescents and adults.