December Monthly Update Newsletter

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Monthly Update | December 2021

Donate to NAMLE’s 2021 Year-End Campaign


We know that our community works every day to support our mission to see media literacy widely practiced and highly valued as an essential life skill. Your donation to NAMLE supports our events, initiatives, community outreach, and so much more. We are grateful to everyone in our community for their ongoing commitment, passion, and support for media literacy education.




We’re Hiring an Education Manager! Join Our Team

NAMLE is seeking an experienced media literacy educator to develop and manage programmatic opportunities for our annual conference, U.S. Media Literacy Week, and various projects and programs throughout the year. The Education Manager will be responsible for the conceptualization, design, implementation, and assessment of creative, interdisciplinary, and collaborative programs, events, and activities that support the strategic objectives and goals of NAMLE and its stakeholders. Interested? Submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected].




December Book Giveaway

Happy December! This month, we’re giving away two (2) copies of Team Human by NAMLE member Douglas Rushkoff. In one hundred lean and incisive statements, Team Human argues that we are essentially social creatures and achieve our greatest aspirations when we work together ? not as individuals ? in an increasingly anti-human infrastructure that undermines our ability to connect. To enter your name into the drawing, email us at [email protected] by Tuesday, November 14. Only residents of the United States are eligible to enter. The winner will be notified by Thursday, November 16.





7 in 10 Voters Support Teaching Social Media Literacy in Schools

More than 70 percent of voters said they support teaching students about the benefits and risks of social media in schools, according to a new Morning Consult/Politico poll, which comes after the Florida Senate advanced a bill that would require such a practice in the state’s public schools. [learn more]


Is Cognitive Bias Controlling our View of COVID-19 Vaccines?

In this opinion piece, Reboot Foundation’s founder, Helen Lee Bouygues, outlines how cognitive bias has impacted decisions to get the COVID-19 vaccine and offers up solutions: critical thinking and media literacy education. [learn more]


Middlebury Institute Team Will Develop Game to Counter Extremist Recruitment in Schools
Middlebury’s Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism (CTEC) and the educational game designer iThrive will collaborate on a new simulation game and curriculum designed to build resilience among adolescents and give them the tools to recognize and reject overtures from violent extremist recruiters. [read more]


Talking to Kids about Advertising
Kids can’t always tell the difference between content and commercials, and the holidays mean more ads than ever. Unlike network TV stations, platforms like YouTube, where kids are consuming so much digital content, aren’t required to follow kid-focused regulations. Here’s how to help children identify content as commercials. [read more]