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Media Literacy Quiz

Media Literacy Quiz

Author: Amee Wittbrodt
  • Understand, analyze, evaluate, and use different types of print, digital, and multimodal media.
  • Critically analyze information found in electronic, print, and mass media and use a variety of these sources.
  • Interpret the results of the quiz and draw conclusions about your score.

This packet gives students the opportunity to test their digital media literacy skills by completing a small quiz and analyzing the results. The entire presentation by the Kaiser Foundation is available for students who want to learn more.

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Quiz Yourself

This quiz, designed by PBS, is meant for teachers to assess their digital media skills, but students can also gain valuable information from the results.

This quiz is based on a national survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation. The survey found that with technology allowing nearly 24-hour media access as children and teens go about their daily lives, the amount of time young people spend with entertainment media has risen dramatically, especially among minority youth.

Click on this link and complete the first section. There are 12 questions total. When you are done, review the results.   Digital Media Literacy QUIZ

Discussion Questions

  1. How many questions did you get correct out of 12?
  2. Did any of the correct answers surprise you? Why or why not?
  3. Take a look at question #4. Do feel that this is true for you too? Explain.
  4. The average amount of time that an 8 to 18 year-old spends with the PRINT version of a newspaper during a typical day is 3 minutes. What are reasons why this number is so low?
  5. 79% of 8 to 18 year-olds say the TV is left on even if no one is watching "some or most of the time." Is this true in your home? Why does this happen so frequently? Explain.

Want to Learn More?

Generation M2: Media in the Lives of 8- to 18-Year-Olds is the third in a series of large-scale, nationally representative surveys by the Foundation about young people's media use.  It includes data from all three waves of the study (1999, 2004, and 2009), and is among the largest and most comprehensive publicly available sources of information about media use among American youth.

The report was released on Wednesday, January 20, 2010, at a forum in Washington, D.C., that featured the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, media executives, and child development experts.

Click here to view the presentation - Generation M2: Media in the Lives of 8- to 18-Year-Olds