Parents and children amidst evolving media

/ 4 March 2010

danah boyd and a group from the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard have published on the web their response to the FCC’s “notice of inquiry” (NOI). It’s a thoughtful, concise examination of what the best scholars know right now about how to “empower parents and protect children in an evolving media landscape.” Among other things it’s a great literature review chock full of citations, and an empowering conclusion:

With or without dedicated tools, young users will benefit from media literacy skills that allow them to access, manage, integrate, evaluate, create, and communicate content at any point, using a variety of technological formats, in order to manage the unprecedented amount and range of quality of information available online. Media literacy skills overlap with safety skills. Youth need more support and more skills to develop their own, repeatable processes for assessing credibility and reliability of information in digitally mediated environments.