Mapping media literacy in Europe
A new report by the European Audiovisual Observatory maps practices and actions aimed at encouraging media literacy in the EU28. Initiatives to develop critical thinking and initiatives related to media use are identified as the two main trends.
Media literacy – our capacity to access, have a critical understanding of, and interact with the media – has never been as important as today. So what is Europe doing to encourage our media literacy?
The answers are found in a new report by the European Audiovisual Observatory, which maps and analyses various media literacy initiatives on a national or regional level in the EU member states, aiming to provide an overview of what is currently being undertaken.
The report is based on a selection of 547 projects involving 939 stakeholders across the EU. It finds that the majority of the projects are aimed at developing critical thinking, followed by media-use projects aiming at improving the ability to search, find, navigate, and use media content and services.
The Nordic data are provided by the Media Council for Children and Young People in Denmark, the Finnish Society for Media Education, and the Swedish School of Library and Information Science at the University of Borås in Sweden.