SBS Learn partners with the Australian Media Literacy Alliance to support young peoples’ literacy in television and media across Australian classrooms – SBS Learn has joined the Australian Media Literacy Alliance (AMLA) to empower students with the ability to critically engage with media, to explore perspectives, and to challenge their perceptions and their sources of information with two bold and innovative resources ahead of Media Literacy Week on 23-29 October.
Two SBS Learn resources featured on AMLA’s growing platform equips students with the skills to critically analyse media through language, perspective, form and purpose.
SBS Learn – SBS’s educational arm of the wider SBS Outreach initiative – is supporting young people with tools to critically engage with media and television as media literacy becomes a national priority in this digital age. Created for primary and secondary students from Years 6-10, the resources focus on deconstructing different representations of facts, reporting and narrative in the media landscape through a series of activities accompanying each resource.
Emily Yong, Education Lead at SBS Learn, said:
“Strong media literacy enables students to be safe and effectively participate in the ever-changing digital world. SBS Learn delivers current and relevant teacher resources, especially as more students use devices in the classroom and beyond, media literacy is crucial now more than ever. We are proud members of the Australian Media Literacy Alliance, and advocate for stronger media literacy to create safe, well-informed, active citizens.”
SBS Learn has also launched a newly refreshed website as part of its delivery of quality, accessible, curriculum-aligned materials for teachers across Australia. The new website provides a better digital experience to support teachers and students to more easily find credible and quality educational resources linked to some of SBS and NITV’s biggest programming and cultural celebrations, all written by subject-matter experts or those with cultural authority and lived experience.
The first of the resources being shared for Media Literacy Week is based on SBS’s gripping original drama, Safe Home, written in collaboration with author, journalist and consent educator Jane Gilmore.
The resource provides students the opportunity to better understand the way family and domestic violence is covered in the media. The resource also includes short clips with insights on family violence from the series creator and writer, Anna Barnes, alongside actors Aisha Dee (Phoebe), Mabel Li (Jenny) and Virginia Gay (Eve).
Discover Australia’s First Fake News Story with SBS Learn’s second resource, paired with SBS interactive documentary K’gari created in collaboration with Butchulla artist Fiona Foley and academic Larissa Behrendt. The innovative resource uses discussion questions and classroom activities to debunk one of Australia’s first fake new stories by exposing the largely untold Aboriginal version of events accompanied with an immersive animation by Torres Strait Islander artist, Tori-Jay Mordey.
The perspectives and stories that SBS Learn uplifts for the resources included for Media Literacy Week are also part of SBS’s continuous commitment to its Elevate Reconciliation Action Plan 2022-2026, which outlines SBS’s commitment to increasing the prominence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories and perspectives across its network, to contribute to greater recognition of First Nations knowledges and stories that enrich and contribute to a thriving, multicultural Australia.
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