July 16, 2020 | Webinar
FOSI Briefs the Hill - Misinformation and the Importance of Media Literacy



July 16, 2020

11 a.m. - noon


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The full webinar discussion can be viewed here.

In July 2020, the stories leading our news cycle have immediate impacts on public health, social dynamics, and the state of democracy in the face of an upcoming US election. The ways in which information on these topics has been disseminated shows how easily false and misleading coverage can spread online, making it difficult to prioritize safety and accuracy. The current highly charged social atmosphere has exemplified why it is so vital to combat the spread of misinformation, especially when it comes to our youngest tech-savvy citizens. Some schools have begun to teach digital literacy as part of an academic curriculum, encouraging students to think more critically about the media they consume. 

This FOSI Briefs the Hill event explored how media literacy is currently taught, what improvements are needed, as well as international approaches and roles of parents, governments and non-profits. Experts on this panel discussed the need to develop positive online habits, and how to teach digital citizenship and media literacy to the next generation. 

Featured speakers included:

  • Tessa Jolls, Center for Media Literacy,  Moderator
  • Matthew Johnson, MediaSmarts
  • Lindsey Kerr, U.S. Senate Committee on Rules & Administration
  • Sonia Livingstone, London School of Economics
  • Dewayne McClary, Digital Promise



Director of Education, MediaSmarts
President and CEO, Center for Media Literacy
Staff Director, Senate Rules Committee Minority
Professor, London School of Economics
Director, League of Innovative Schools, Digital Promise