A majority of the time children spend viewing media is time alone without the helpful guidance of an adult to mediate the images and help children make sense of them. The cumulative effect of all this passive viewing is that children grow up ill-equipped to think critically about screen content. In today’s society it’s ironic that children are taught how to read and write, but seldom are they taught how to “read” media, that is, how to understand, interpret, and analyze the visual messages they see everyday.
Yet this skill, called, media literacy, is essential if our children are to be well prepared for the 21st Century. Our Short Films will show first hand the need to create media literate youth.