IN THE DIGITAL WORLD, WE ARE ALL
CREATORS AND SHARERS OF INFORMATION.
Being media literate in the 21st century means more than just knowing how to analyze and use what is produced for newspapers, radio, and TV. It means developing skills in complex and fast-changing technologies. It means knowing how to select our own sources. It means figuring out who or what is sending us information and why. And it means deciding whether, how, and with whom we want to share—as well as what we ourselves want to create. The power of media in the digital age is huge. But more and more, it is a shared power, and a shared responsibility. Those who engage with the Civic IDEA framework will learn to identify and investigate issues, deliberate around their values, express alternative narratives to current messages, and advocate for communities and issues that matter. Incorporating these digital tools and guides move learners from critical inquiry to active engagement and participation in daily civic life.