Advocating a Critical Media Literacy

Youngsters today are bombarded by media. The media play an important role in popular culture. Not all the films teenagers watch are appropriate and neither do all films show good examples. This project will advocate for a “Critical Media Literacy” by encouraging teenagers from different European countries to question social norms and behaviours delivered through films seen in students’ free time. We will analyze several films, adverts and video games. Becoming media literate is one of the skills students should be equipped with nowadays so they are more discerning of what the film conveys, more critical of the messages in the films, be able to see various perspectives to the different social, cultural, ethical and economic issues that the film might portray. In short, be a critical, discerning and questioning watcher.