What is media literacy?
The ability to analyze, evaluate, and communicate information that is seen, heard, and read in the media (Considine, 1995).
Why is it important?
Develops critical thinking skills to interpret and challenge information encountered in the media every day (Center for Media Literacy).
Media Literacy Resources for Sexual Violence Prevention
How to educate about it?
Media Education Foundation videos and study guides by topic:
- Media & Violence: Dreamworlds, Tough Guise, The Line
- Media & Gender: Asking for it, Boys to Men, Breaking the Silence, Michael Kimmel on Gender
- Masculinity & Identity: Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes, Wrestling with Manhood
Media Literacy Project resources:
- Sexual Assault Prevention Curriculum: 41 media examples that pose questions around representations of gender, race, and violence.
- Introduction to Media Literacy: Concepts and skills to help build media literacy knowledge.
Media Literacy Events on Campus
Where to educate?
- First-year orientation
- Student organization meetings
- Orientation for student-athletes
- As a part of Take Back the Night or Sexual Assault Awareness Month activities
- Movie night on campus