Media Mentors: Helping Children Build Literacy Skills for the Digital Age

Monday, June 6, 2016 - 1:30pm


With young children gaining access to a dizzying array of games, videos, and other digital media, will they ever learn to read? The answer is yes—if they are surrounded by adults who know how to help and if they are introduced to media designed to promote literacy, instead of undermining it. In short, these children and their families could greatly benefit from a media mentor. 

What exactly is a media mentor?

Join Michael Levine and Lisa Guernsey, authors of Tap, Click, Read: Growing Readers in a World of Screens, and Chip Donohue, editor of Family Engagement in the Digital Age: Early Childhood Educators as Media Mentors, to discuss this new term in the lexicon of 21st-century early childhood education. Media mentors can help children grow into strong, passionate readers who are skilled at using media and technology of all kinds—print, digital, and everything in between. Many libraries, for example, are already starting to support families in making smart media choices and instilling smart media practices with kids. What skills do media mentors need? How can they be supported? And how can more children gain access to them? Michael, Lisa, and Chip will kick off a discussion that explores the importance of these new roles. 

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