Defining Digital Media Literacy

As defined by Renee Hobbs in Digital and Media Literacy: A Plan of Action, digital and media literacy is,  “A constellation of life skills that are necessary for full participation in our media-saturated, information-rich society. They include the ability to do the following:

Make responsible choices and access information by locating and sharing materials and comprehending information and ideas.

Analyze messages in a variety of forms by identifying the author, purpose and point of view, and evaluating the quality and credibility of the content.

Create content in a variety of forms, making use of language, images, sound, and new digital tools and technologies.

Reflect on one’s own conduct and communication behavior by applying social responsibility and ethical principles.

Take social action by working individually and collaboratively to share knowledge and solve problems in the family, workplace and community, and by participating as a member of a community.”