A few stats about why media literacy training is essential in our schools and for adults:
- 63% of adults agree that “the average person does not know how to tell good journalism from rumor or falsehoods.”
- 59% said, “it is becoming harder to tell if a piece of news was produced by a respected media organization.”
- 73% are still worried about fake news being used as a weapon.
- 44 percent of children feel they can tell fake news stories from real ones.
- However, 31 percent of kids who shared a news story online in the last six months realized later it was wrong or inaccurate.
- 95% of teens today have access to a smartphone.
- 45% of teens report being online almost constantly.
Some of my favorite articles and studies about Media Literacy:
“Many students are not good at evaluating the credibility of what they see and read online according to a now-famous Stanford study that was released just after the 2016 election. And while it’s true that 82 percent of middle schoolers couldn’t tell the difference between a native advertisement and a news article, neither could 59 percent of adults in a study conducted by the advertising industry.”
For more articles and resources, check out my Media Literacy Pinterest collection.