Canada first, and now in America and then UK media literacy is introduced to students from Grade 1 onwards, however many educators feel that sharing all sorts of media messages with the students might put a negative image in their mind. In United States many public health officials, critics and scholars stand against this idea to teach media messages to children since they feel they might be a risk in developing their minds and views not in the best productive manner.
A lot of recent research showed that media literacy education can affect young children’s decision making behaviours from Alcohol (Austin and Johnson, 1997). Many educators say that today with the advancement in content of media messages there is a need to protect our children from the negatives and involve them in the more progressively positive lessons and subject.
Many people feel that the evils of media in the west surround the students from K-12 to University level since the minds of youngsters can be shaped in anyway. Buckingham 1993 suggests that by stressing on the difficult issues of the mass media, we do not tend to see young people’s emotional commitment. With the media and we may ignore the genuine pleasures they receive, instead substituting disparagement and dominance instead of endorsing real questioning and analysis (LIN, Chen, & CHAI, 2015).
Therefore the use of real incidents and media messages must not be shared directly with the students. Rather a teacher should deliver lectures to students addressing the negative messages media shares where students take notes listen to facts regarding media’s negative impact and also take guidance from them as to how these messages are operated where teachers also expect students to listen quietly and get ready to take assessment later (Warschauer, 2004).
This debate clearly shows that the admission of media literacy from early academic years and creating a real life media circle in classrooms may not be a very fine idea. Since it will change the minds of students, but on the other hand the former view is more protective and the latter more creative and constructive.