Children are no different from the majority of people in that they are greatly influenced by various forms of media, which ultimately affects their thoughts and decision-making processes. However, MIL4Kids trainers are giving the children the skills to analyze, assess, and make media in a variety of ways by teaching them to become critical media consumers.
On Monday 15th August, the first ever MIL4Kids holiday program kicked off at the MCI Media Hub in Kabalagala, a Kampala suburb. The 4-day program targeted school going children in the age group of 7 to13 years. The two day training taught the kids how to recognize reliable information sources and distinguish between fact and fiction.
Yesterday, we kicked off the #MIL4KIDS Media Detective holiday program & the children were fired up to learn. pic.twitter.com/eDAB3l3ol6
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The children understood that newspapers provide more accurate information than the internet or social media would because the writers take time to do research.
This media literacy program aims to teach children how to use media responsibly, foster critical thinking, identify reliable information sources, and respectfully communicate their opinions.