You might remember learning how to use the card catalog to find a book at the library, or searching for an old newspaper article on microfilm. That was fun, wasn’t it?
The good or bad news for our kids, depending on your perspective, is that they don’t have to do this anymore. They’re digital natives, which means they already know their way around the world wide web—and they’re surrounded by different types of media, all the time. (For better and for worse.) Media literacy is the ability to understand the different types of messages they’re consuming, recognize different perspectives, and think critically as they interact with multiple sources of information. Middle school is an especially important time to build these skills.