Lažne novice. Ilustracija Urška Stropnik Šonc

But what if it’s not all true?

Do you know how to spot fake news, and why you should think before sharing information on social networks?

Welcome to the Časoris Media Literacy Portal.

Together, we can stop the spread of misleading information and become responsible media users, making a better life and a better future for children – online and in real life.

 

Does the truth still matter?

  • Can you distinguish credible information from fake news?
  • Do you know how to identify fake news and other forms of disinformation?
  • Do you know how to check whether you have come across information that you can trust?

If, when you hear unusual news, you wonder whether it’s too unbelievable to be true, then you’re a media literate person.

But anyone can come across misleading information that is convincing enough to fall for it.

What tools can help us do this?

Explore the possibilities we offer on the Časoris Portal for Media Literacy and become media literate active citizens.

 

Ilustracija: Urška Stropnik Šonc

What is Media Literacy?

Media literacy means the ability to access credible information, as well as the ability to analyze, evaluate and think critically about it, to create messages in various forms – in print or online, in written or video form – and to act on the basis of the information obtained.

Media literacy helps children and adults understand the role of the media in society and reinforces the basic skills of scrutiny and self-expression that citizens need in a democratic society.

For Teachers

On Časoris’ portal for media literacy, you always gain new knowledge, exchange best practices and effectively transfer experience to the classroom.

For All

Časoris’ Media Literacy Portal offers many free resources for the public, including videos, posters, flyers, and various tips and tools. Check them out!

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

What does the Časoris Media Literacy Portal offer?

Access many free resources to help teachers teach media literacy and help parents and the general public learn how to determine whether information is credible.

Useful, creative and innovative news packages with teaching preparations are also available to teachers. They include current and relevant news for children from the online newspaper Časoris and instructions for their use in the classroom, prepared teachers from various elementary schools. With them, teachers effectively introduce students to the use of reliable sources of information and present to them in an interesting way what is happening around them in the world and at home. The sample training program is available to everyone, and access to other training programs is available to subscribers.

Workshops and online seminars for teachers and, upon agreement, also for other members of the public, always bring new knowledge, enable the exchange of best practices and the transfer of experience to classrooms. Participants are trained to become media literacy experts.

I am not a teacher - what is useful for me on the Časoris Portal for Media Literacy?

For parents and the general public, we have prepared a toolbox containing interactive games, videos and animations, posters, a manual and various tips.

It contains tools that we either developed ourselves or in cooperation with organizations from abroad.

At Časoris, for example, we prepared the booklet Children and the media and the series of videos Fake news hunters. These are complemented posters summarizing essential information.

We also translated and edited the interactive games Bad News, Bad News Junior and Harmony Square, as well as the leaflet How to recognize fake news and poD.V.O.M.I.Š.

What is the Media Literacy for a Sustainable Future project?

With this project, Zavod Časoris encourages the use of media, reading news and identifying reliable sources of information in primary schools.

It is intended to educate a new generation of informed active citizens and there strengthen democracy.

One of the results of the project is the Časoris portal for media literacy.

The activities that we designed in the Media Literacy for Sustainable Future (MIL4SF) project, which was financed the US Embassy in Slovenia, will be carried out in the future as part of the following projects.

How do you raise a new generation of informed active citizens?

Teachers integrate current daily news into regular lessons through carefully designed lesson plans.

Through didactic objectives, teachers encourage children to use reliable sources (not only TikTok) on a regular basis and encourage them to reflect on the credibility of the news and information they come into contact with.

By using teaching aids, teachers strengthen students’ news literacy in an interesting and subtle way.

What is news literacy?

News literacy is the ability to know and understand the role that free media play in democracy, as well as to recognise credible journalistic reporting in the media and its relevance to everyday life and the functioning of society.

A news literate person can critically assess the credibility of news in the media.

What is media literacy?

Media literacy is the ability to access, analyse, evaluate and create media messages in different formats and platforms, and to act on the knowledge acquired.

What is media literacy education?

Media literacy education for children and adults helps to understand the role of the media in society and strengthens the fundamental skills of self-reflection and self-expression that citizens need in a democratic society.

How does news literacy differ from media and digital literacy?

There are several areas of literacy that educate critical media users.

Media literacy encompasses the competences that enable critical and effective engagement with information and other content in the media. Media literate people are able to access, analyse, evaluate and create media content and act on the knowledge they have acquired.

News literacy helps to understand the role of credible information and a free media in our lives and in democratic societies, and to recognise the credibility of news and other information.

Information literacy enables people to find, evaluate and use information effectively.

Digital literacy enables people to use information and communication technologies in an effective, responsible and ethical way.

Why is news literacy so important right now?

We live in a time when disinformation and a lack of news literacy threaten democracy.

Free and independent journalism and the ability to determine whether the information coming to us is credible are essential for the future of democracy.

In the Mirror of Slovenia (Ogledalo Slovenije) survey, in October 2022 and April 2023, the negative trend of trust in the media, journalists, television presenters and RTV Slovenia was measured. The level of trust in the media reached the lowest result in the last ten years with a measured fall in 2022; journalism remains a profession with a negative level of trust.

News literacy helps to understand the importance of free journalism in a democracy, including how to recognise and demand journalism based on agreed standards. This builds respect for quality journalism. Reliance on fact-based journalistic standards is the best way to measure the credibility of news and other information.

Misinformation affects all areas of everyday life – from healthcare and finance to our personal values. If we cannot agree on a set of basic facts, then we cannot make informed decisions about our lives and the shared governance of our communities.

Disinformation and fake news appear because someone wants to use it to influence our beliefs and behavior, or to make money from it.

All too often, and especially during elections, their dissemination is aimed at creating confusion and division.

The best way to combat disinformation and minimise its damage is to have a well-informed public that is able to recognise and reject false information.

How do we know media literacy education is sucessful?

Evaluating our work has been a priority since we started working with teachers and working in classrooms. The results show that news literacy education is desirable among teachers and interesting for students. At the same time, it fulfills the objectives of the curriculum.

In the Media Literacy for a Sustainable Future project, we work together with teachers. They also chose the content sections that they want to use in the lessons. In addition, teachers are the authors of lesson plans based on the news in Časoris, which other teachers then tested in the classroom.

Metodo za opolnomočenje učiteljev na področju medijske pismenosti in aktivnega državljanstva z uporabo novinarskih vsebin pri učnih urah smo prvič razvili v šolskem letu 2021/2022 kot del projekta Erasmus+ KidsTrustNews. Mojca Kacjan iz OŠ Polzela je tedaj v evalvaciji zapisala: »Vsi učitelji – ne glede na to, kaj poučujemo – bi morali skrbeti za bralno in medijsko pismenost ter ozaveščati o tem, kaj se dogaja v svetu.« Njene besede so nas spodbudile k nadaljnjemu razvoju gradiv in k snovanju Časorisovega portala za medijsko pismenost.

The method for empowering teachers in media literacy and active citizenship through the use of journalistic content in the classroom was first developed in the 2021/2022 school year as part of the Erasmus+ KidsTrustNews project. Mojca Kacjan from Polzela Primary School wrote in her evaluation at the time: “All teachers – no matter what we teach – should be concerned about reading and media literacy and raising awareness about what is happening in the world.” Her words encouraged us to further develop our materials and to design the Časoris portal for media literacy.

The Media Literacy for a Sustainable Future project involved 98 teachers from 24 primary schools. They tested the curriculum with 3,500 pupils in all triads.

All participating teachers answered in the evaluation questionnaire that they would recommend the materials to their colleagues.

They also revealed that 60% of their pupils are interested in current news. At the same time, they estimated that the majority of pupils, i.e. 80%, are not media literate and that 63% of them do not recognize misinformation or incorrect information when they come across it.

As many as 89% of teachers stated that their understanding of media literacy improved participating in the project. The vast majority, 84%, also confirmed that the materials are useful in supporting pupils in the area of media literacy.

The evaluation of the effectiveness of the materials for pupils will be measured in the school year 2023/24.

What is your vision?

We want children to learn to recognize the importance of credible media and to – like the generations before them – get used to following news they can trust.

We strive to make media and news literacy an integral part of learning processes. This would contribute to the goal of citizens of all ages being able to recognize credible news and other information and to understand the indispensable role of a free media for democracy.

How can I get involved?

If you teach and have recognised the importance of media literacy in schools, you are invited to join a team of passionate mentors who know how important it is for children to follow credible news. They are also aware of the important role of the media in a democratic society and are ready to pass this awareness on to their pupils and colleagues.

All schools can easily provide teachers with access to proven and simple innovative learning materials. They are suitable for all triads, for teaching in one subject, interdisciplinary teaching or in a thematically focused class lesson.

We have also developed interactive media literacy workshops for teachers, primary school pupils and students. For more information, write to us at urednistvo@casoris.si.

A free media literacy toolbox is available to parents and the general public.

Everyone is cordially invited to read Časoris together with the children. You can also follow us on social networks: Facebook, Instagram, X in TikTok.

You can support us texting Casoris5 to 1919. Every donation through the text message is for us a confirmation that we are working well and in right direction.

I want to know more about the online newspaper Časoris.

Časoris is an internationally awarded free online newspaper for children. With it, we inspire and encourage children to become informed, active, compassionate and responsible citizens of the world. It has been bringing news since 2016.

Every day, Časoris publishes current, authentic news from Slovenia and the world, as well as information about sports and cultural events and scientific discoveries. In doing so, we respect and observe our editorial policy and other general terms and conditions.

What do the experts say?

Media literacy enhances critical thinking

»An effective media literacy program should be integrated into compulsory subjects, teaching children in a comprehensive, structured way how to think critically, use and consume media critically.«

Dr. Sandra Bašič Hrvatin

Časoris Projects

Media Literacy

In 2023, Zavod Časoris is implementing the Media Literacy 4 Sustainable Future project, financed the US Embassy in Slovenia, and the YoCoJoin project, co-financed the European Union.