Media Literacy Classes in Bulgarian Schools

The Media Literacy Coalition in the Education stated that it appreciated as a positive step the decision of the Ministry of Education and Science to introduce classes of media literacy for third and eleventh-graders, the Association of European Journalists - Bulgaria announced.

The Coalition considers this action a good start for building a comprehensive system model and shared statistics for children using digital technology, which states that 73% of children under 12 are already on social networks. "This requires building up the skills like critical thinking and working with media and multimedia content,” is said in the statement, adding that this one class would not be enough to build the required skills.

Critical thinking, searching, evaluating and creating content, teamwork, and emotional intelligence are just some of the skills children have to develop, and this has to happen from the first grade with the introduction of digital literacy in all objects.

The Coalition believes that learning should help children to recognize fake news, how media messages are formed, how to use the information, protect themselves from online abuse, and become active citizens.

Petya Petrova

Petya Petrova is a journalist, believer, and traveler.

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