June 16, 2020

Engaging Livestream Programmes for Your School

Dear educators and partners, in this time of social distancing and digital education, we work hand-in-hand with schools to engage your students via livestream! Lead trainers go down to your school and set up in a room, or from an offsite location Classes receive a URL and tune in to watch an engaging, quality livestream […]

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  • April 13, 2020

    FREE Learning Resource: Managing Screen Time and Maximising Productivity

    Students across Singapore schools and in many countries are online for home-based learning during this time. (Many adults are working from home on their computers during this time too!) This free resource is one of Media Literacy School’s most popular modules, “Managing Screen Time & Maximising Productivity”. With input from student advocates across Singapore, we’ve curated […]

    April 8, 2020

    Improving the Quality of Your Children’s Screen Time: Examples and Tips for Parents

    What is your child doing when he/ she uses devices and screens? Are there ways to choose better screen time? The American Academy of Pediatrics recommend less than 2 hours of daily screen time for primary school children. It goes on to state that these should be “high-quality content”. How can parents choose high quality […]

    April 8, 2020

    Is My Child Addicted Online? How Much Screen Time Is Too Much?

    While the quality of screen time is an important factor for parents to consider, the amount of screen time is also noteworthy because it usually links with Internet Addiction, Exposure to Harmful Content and Cyber Aggression. Excessive time spent on screens also subtracts from time spent on other real life development such as physical activities […]

    April 7, 2020

    When Should I Give My Child A Mobile Phone? 3 Steps to Managing Digital Devices for Parents

    When will your kids get their own smartphones and iPads? At which age do you think children can manage their usage of these devices? (*Real story, names changed) Jayden*, seven years-old, is glued to his iPad, watching Stampy videos on YouTube (live gaming commentaries on Minecraft). He seems oblivious to what is happening around him. […]

    April 6, 2020

    Cyberwellness for Families: Managing Distractions from Social Media

    YouTube: Children, youth (and adults!) love the endless choices we have on this platform. From games and music videos to Korean reality shows, there is so much to look forward to. And you do not have to search very hard! Recommendations, special channels, email alerts are pushed to every user. We are entertained whenever, wherever and whatever! “There is never a boring moment […]

    March 5, 2020

    ST Feature: Schools to devote more time to cyber wellness education

    We are in the news! Coincidentally as education announcements were made in Parliament, our team of trainers were out and about conducting our ‘Social Media: User Responsibility & Online Reputation’ module in two different schools. Here is what the teachers and students had to say: “Very current examples compared to other cyber wellness packages which […]

    February 11, 2020

    2020 Child Online Safety Index (COSI)

    2020 Child Online Safety Index (COSI) It’s Safer Internet Day 2020, and Media Literacy School is excited to publish a new report from our partners at DQ Institute: the 2020 Child Online Safety Index (COSI). The COSI features real-time data from 145,426 children and adolescents from 30 countries since 2017. DQ Institute’s findings support the […]

    December 13, 2019

    Flying the Singapore Flag High: Digital Literacy Conference (USA 2019)

    We are back from the Digital Literacy Conference in Iowa! More than 100 educators from different schools came together for Train-the-Trainer sessions conducted by Principal Consultant Mr Poh Yeang Cherng and Principal Trainer Ms Grace Lee, learning best practices in pedagogy and engagement for digital literacy education in schools. Two modules were designed and delivered […]

    December 13, 2019

    The Common Sense Census: Media Use by Tweens and Teens, 2019

    (Common Sense Media) This large-scale study explores how kids age 8 to 18 in the U.S. use media across an array of activities and devices—including short-form, mobile-friendly platforms like YouTube—to see where they spend their time and what they enjoy most. Combined with the data from the 2015 report, the 2019 census gives us a […]

    December 13, 2019

    MRIs show screen time linked to lower brain development in preschoolers

    (CNN) Screen time use by infants, toddlers and preschoolers has exploded over the last decade, concerning experts about the impact of television, tablets and smartphones on these critical years of rapid brain development. Now a new study scanned the brains of children 3 to 5 years old and found those who used screens more than the […]

    December 13, 2019

    Iowa Media Literacy Conference 2017

    Media Literacy was certainly the buzzword of 2017, the world having witnessed how powerful an effect it can have on users’ daily perception & thoughts. Kingmaker ended the year by showcasing her latest intervention programmes for the Educators & Social Workers of Iowa State, USA. A total of 180 participants converged upon the city of […]

    December 13, 2019

    What You Need To Know: WhatsApp, Data-Sharing & Advertising

    The writing was on the wall. In February 2014, Facebook acquired WhatsApp in a huge deal. A long wait followed to see when and how Facebook will begin to monetise the huge amount of user data that it acquired along with WhatsApp. Following that, these updates were announced: (1) WhatsApp data will be used by Facebook to […]

    December 12, 2019

    What You Need To Know: Cyber Bullying & Online Aggression

    This article was first posted on STORM. We reproduce here the parts that were contributed via phone interview. Defining Cyber Bullying: Aggressive and negative behaviour exhibited through a technological platform Intentionally done with the aim to cause harm to someone The negative actions are done multiple times over a period of time and its consequences […]