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News and information literacy for children

News and information literacy is an important part of digital equality, enabling children to make informed and responsible use of digital media. This series of videos explains the basics of news and the importance of independent and accurate media in a democracy. It helps children view the news media critically, sifting verified facts from rumour, misinformation and propaganda.

मीडिया मतलब क्या? | What does media mean?

As the title suggests, this video introduces children to the term “media”. It explains the meaning of the term, the purpose of media messages, and briefly touches upon how we should look at the media.

न्यूज़ मतलब क्या? | What is news?

This video attempts to draw children’s attention towards the news media. It explains what counts as news, the significance of news, and the difference between news stories and other stories. It highlights the essential characteristic of news – true, verifiable information – and the role of news media in society: to inform, help us form opinions, and participate in a democracy.

नागरिक से पत्रकार | From citizen to reporter

The primary purpose of this video is to convey to students that they are not very different from news reporters or journalists. Journalism is about telling stories and we are all storytellers. Just as we run back home to tell our parents what happened at school, a journalist takes his story to a newspaper or news channel to tell the public. The only difference is that a journalist cannot tell a story without checking its facts, and representing all sides. She cannot include her own opinions or biases in it.

न्यूज़ कैसे बनती है? | How is news made?

This video discusses where news comes from. Does news exist, or is it created? It takes students through the process of news-making. Not all stories become news. Only stories that can be trusted and are considered important for the public are collected, verified, sorted, and presented in an easy-to-understand format for the public.

ख़बर के कितने पैसे? | What is the price of news?

This video explains the basic economics of news. We pay a tiny sum for the news we see in newspapers, news channels, magazines, and the internet. News media run their show with money from advertisements, not the public. This poses a peculiar challenge for them: how can they publish stories that displease their advertisers? Should they uphold public interest or please their advertisers?

न्यूज़ से किसका फायदा? | Who benefits from the news?

This video is about the other beneficiaries of news: people, politicians and companies who try to win our favour or influence our opinion or behaviour through advertising. A whole industry called press relations makes this possible. People seeking to create a positive impression in the mind of the public send stories to the news media hoping to make it to the news and influence public opinion. Sometimes stories are not just sent but sold.

न्यूज़ और हम | News and Us

 

Why do we need news? How should we look at news? In a democracy, the news media play an important role in creating opportunities for dialogue. News not only gives us information about the world, it enables us to engage with each other as aware citizens, understand each other, and make living together as a society possible.

न्यूज़ मतलब क्या? | What is news?

This video highlights sources as the key indicator of fairness and balance in news. If a news story mixes opinions with facts, or presents the views of a few, we know the newspaper or channel is failing to do its duty.

सच, झूठ और न्यूज़ | Truth, lies and news

This video focuses on fake or paid stories that pass as news. With the internet and social media, altering information, creating false information, and spreading it has become easy. Instead of forwarding every post or message, a news-literate person will stop to ask where this information came from, can it be trusted, what effect can it have on others? This video will help children learn how to differentiate between news and fake news, and be responsible media users.

Digital inclusion: Addressing the digital capability divide

Digital inclusion: Addressing the digital capability divide

In a digital world, the media is all around us. Every day, thousands of media messages bombard us, giving us news, knowledge, entertainment, information on products, lifestyles and beliefs. Media increasingly determines what we learn, what we believe, and what actions we take as members of communities or as citizens.

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All about internet

All about internet

Our internet literacy training module in Marathi provides an overall introduction to citizens in low-income settlements. The module outlines how to get connected, the different uses of internet, cost, use of different languages and more. The pamphlet accompanies the...

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CCDS’s animated learning module introduces internet basics to audiences in simple Hindi.

It runs through what the internet is and how to connect to it, as well as some important websites and functions.

Our campaign video, shot on location in the bastis of Pune and Mumbai, communicates diverse uses of the Internet to those who are not yet online, and underlines the importance of Internet inclusion for low-income communities in urban India. The song has been composed and performed in collaboration with Dharavi Rocks, young musicians from Dharavi who create music on waste materials like plastic containers and cans.

CCDS’s campaign shorts are intended for use as icebreakers and conversation-starters on the subject of internet access for digitally-excluded populations.

These shorts are useful in introducing people in low-income neighbourhoods to the internet.

The first short emphasises that the internet is equally relevant to people in informal urban settlements, and introduces its many uses.The second short suggests how citizens can use the internet to draw attention to local neighbourhood issues and get them addressed.

CCDS’s campaign shorts are intended for use as icebreakers and conversation-starters on the subject of internet access for digitally-excluded populations.

These shorts are useful in introducing people in low-income neighbourhoods to the internet.

The first short emphasises that the internet is equally relevant to people in informal urban settlements, and introduces its many uses.The second short suggests how citizens can use the internet to draw attention to local neighbourhood issues and get them addressed.