The Media and Information Literacy Week starting today February 8th is founded by the Swedish Media Council, which is an expert authority when it comes to children and young people as media users. The goal is to increase awareness of children’s and young people’s media use and protect them from harmful media influences. They’re encouraged to master the following:
- “The ability to find, analyze and critically evaluate information.
- Being able to express themselves and create content in various media.
- To understand the role of media in society.”
February 9 is the Safer Internet Day (SID) organized by the European Network of Awareness Centres (Insafe). It is celebrated in more than hundred countries across the world and for SID 2016 the parents are in focus. The theme is: “Play your part for a better Internet!” And Insafe and the International Association of Internet Hotlines (INHOPE) is helping to conduct the Safer Internet Centres (SIC) which is partially funded by the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).
The Swedish Media Council is implementing the Council of Europe’s campaign No Hate Speech Movement (NHSM) in Sweden. And attention is paid to human rights, with the hope that all kinds of hatred speech online will end. The project is against sexism, xenophobia and all forms of discrimination online.
The Media and Information Literacy Week focus on the Internet, democracy and participation. Topics discussed are gaming culture, social media, security on the Internet and more. Tips for you as a student, teacher or parent! The Swedish Media Council is producing educational and informative materials about children’s and young people’s media situation that you can enjoy.
ISGR’s school library at campus Götaberg also recommend that you participate in a quiz that the Swedish Media Council organize during the Media and Information Literacy Week. You can find it translated to English in the library. It is on the theme media and information literacy and could be a good way to learn more on the topic!