Media Literacy for Young Children: Teaching Beyond the Screen Time Debates
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Media Literacy for Young Children: Teaching Beyond the Screen Time Debates

Ages: 2 - 7
Price: $30.00
Type: Book
By National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)


Media literacy is about wonder and imagination, questioning and learning, thinking and reflecting!

Media Literacy for Young Children: Teaching Beyond the Screen Time Debates is about all these things, and more importantly, it is about how early childhood educators and professionals can prepare children for their digital future.

This book is a first-of-its-kind guide for pre-service and currently practicing teachers and child care professionals looking for pedagogically sound and developmentally appropriate ways to help today's children navigate their media-rich world with confidence, curiosity, and critical thinking. Detailed descriptions of media literacy competencies, along with dozens of activities, strategies, and tips designed for children ages 2-7, demonstrate how to integrate foundational skills, knowledge, and dispositions into existing routines as well as experiment with new lessons.

By examining media through a literacy lens, this book will show you ways to

- Use inquiry and media-making to teach children about media
- Plan activities to engage children in meaningful media discussions
- Engage with families about the importance of media literacy education for young children
- Address media concerns with joy and creativity rather than anxiety or fear

. . . and much more!

Review Highlights:

NAEYC's Media Literacy for Young Children: Teaching Beyond the Screen Time Debates has found an untapped market in instructional/informational texts designed for educators. Media Literacy is an area that has not been fully explored by teachers of preschoolers and toddlers. The presentation of information was accessible with a good outline of knowledge and skills that can (and need to be) addressed with the youngest learners.

Not only did Media Literacy introduce me to the ideas behind "media literacy IS literacy" but gave great examples of ways to incorporate technology into everyday instruction. As a school-based preschool educator, the landscape of instructional technology is changing rapidly. NAEYC has done a nice job in this text of describing the underlying principles and skills to be taught and avoiding specific (and rapidly updating) websites, apps, programs, etc.

I enjoyed reading and learning from the text. I have shared this with colleagues and would love to have book-club style discussions using the text's "Pause to Reflect" insets as guiding questions. I would love to see more sample lesson plans that incorporate media literacy as a skill within a larger lesson (i.e. small group reading/ writing centers). There were so many opportunities to think about my own use of media and technology and how this shapes my habits as an educator. I highly recommend this book to anyone with early childhood teaching.

Media literacy for young children is a crucial skill that helps them develop critical thinking and analytical skills. With the rise of technology, children are exposed to a vast amount of information, and media literacy enables them to distinguish between fact and opinion, identify bias, and evaluate the reliability of sources. By teaching media literacy skills, parents and educators can help children become responsible and informed consumers of media, which will benefit them throughout their lives. Overall, media literacy is an essential skill for young children in today's digital age, and it is essential that parents and educators make it a priority in their children's education.

I really liked the content of this book. I had very little experience with media literacy with toddlers and preschoolers, so this was an interesting and helpful read.

NAEYC is a highly respected organization in the field of early childhood education, and its work has had a significant impact on the quality of education that young children receive. NAEYC is a valuable resource for anyone who is passionate about improving the lives of young children through education. As an educator and parent, I appreciate the NAEYC's commitment to advancing the profession and ensuring that all young children receive the best possible start in life.

The following skills were practiced throughout the NAEYC title: literacy, critical thinking, social justice, digital/technology skills.

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