Media Literacy & Critical Thinking

Children, adolescents, teens, and adults are consumers and creators of media. Media has become an important way for us to communicate, socialize, and share with one another. It’s also important for us to be aware of the sources and creators of information that we consume to stay aware of what’s happening in the world around us.

  • Younger Children – What are some symbols or logos that you see a lot? How do they make you feel? How much influence do they have on your choices?
  • Middle School – Who is influencing your thinking? Is it you or is it the companies, influencers, and entertainers you follow? Which brands do you feel most connected with (clothing, sports teams, musicians, artists, etc.) and why?
  • High School – What is the difference between misinformation and disinformation? Why does the intent of the person who posted the falsehood matter?



Lesson Plans

“I Share Responsibly”

Elementary School Lesson Plan

Middle School Lesson Plan

High School Lesson Plan

Quick-Guides & Guides

Quick-Guide to Misinformation & Media Literacy

Parent & Educator Guide to Media Literacy & False Information


Get Media Smart

What is the difference between misinformation and disinformation? How do you tell if sources are reputable? And where do advertising and sponsored content fit in, and how do I know if something I see online is true?


Ask Trish is a weekly post for students by ConnectSafely’s youth advisor Trisha Prabhu.

Ask Trish: Mis/Disinformation Online

Other Great Resources

News Literacy Project’s Checkology

Journal Of Media Literacy Education – NAMLE