London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Media related childhood – part of school or out of school?

Author(s) Pohjola, K.  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2006  
Editor A. Ross, Citizenship Education: Europe and the World  
Language English  
Age group -  
Media forms a central part of children’s lives. This article examines media education and teaching citizenship from the child’s perspective. In Finland there are current programmes for both civic learning and media education. Media is often considered a one-way relationship, not as interaction, with negative influences on children. Empirical data from schools - children’s pictures of their domestic lives – was analysed for media content. I propose schools use media seriously: media gives materials for the construction of identity and directs children towards the world. The media can serve as an empowering or a disempowering force for citizenship. Dimensions of citizenship such as critical thinking, creativity, meaning, identity and social agency are within the compass of media education.

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