To celebrate Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2021 under the theme of this year ?? Media and Information Literacy for the Public Good ??, UNESCO is proud to present its new resources ?? picture books and animated videos on media and information literacy (MIL) themes suitable for children, parents and teachers in China. The resources are developed through the partnership with Rex & Friends, with the support of local experts, to advance MIL knowledge and skills in China (https://en.unesco.org/news/unesco-and- rex-friends-partner- pr …).
Media and Information Literacy, Where MIL in short, refers to the skills that enable us to access, assess, participate and contribute to all aspects of today’s digital and non-digital media and information landscape. Today we live in a proliferation of information, with the younger generation at the forefront. It is therefore imperative and urgent that young people acquire skills in MIL, especially when hate speech, disinformation and online disinformation is on the rise.
The resources include ten picture books and ten video episodes developed based on UNESCO’s MIL resources as well as literate media and information responses to topical issues. The content covers issues ranging from social media dos and don’ts, online safety and security, disinformation and disinformation, among others, with the aim of improving understanding and MIL skills in children, parents and teachers in China. . All content is gender sensitive, culturally appropriate and reflects new and emerging concerns.
Picture books are available free of charge and freely accessible on the UNESCO website:
The picture books also come with ten corresponding animated video episodes with elaborate descriptions and explanations, which are currently being released to the general public.
UNESCO supports the development of MIL skills among all people through capacity building resources, including curriculum development, policy guidelines and articulation, and an evaluation framework. Free and open online courses are available for self-paced learning about MIL. Through media and information technology, UNESCO facilitates networking and research through the Global Alliance for MIL Partnerships (GAPMIL) and the MIL University Network. For more resources on MIL, please visit: https://en.unesco.org/themes/media-and-information-literacy.
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