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AME stands in solidarity with the AAPI communities

As advocates for media literacy, Action for Media Education strives to educate and equip children, youth, and adults with the tools to interrogate and evaluate media for bias, context, authority, accuracy, and purpose. This includes being able to call out when the media fail to connect sexism, racism, and other forms of oppression to news events, Action for Media Education stands against all forms of discrimination, racism, xenophobia, and bigotry, and we stand in solidarity with Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander communities who have been increasingly targeted.

This past week, we witnessed the tragic Atlanta-area shootings in which eight people were murdered, six of whom were Asian women. Although this is the most extreme case in recent memory, it is part of a long list of incidents of hate against Asian Americans. According to Stop AAPI Hate, an organization documenting the increase in anti-Asian hate since the beginning of the pandemic, they received 3,795 reports of anti-Asian discrimination between March 19, 2020, and February 28, 2021, with women reporting discrimination at more than twice the rate of men. This is not acceptable. 

Immediately following the event, there was a dearth of culturally responsive and accurate coverage, with numerous reports in which the victims’ identities and stories were not centered or their names were misspelled. The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) has released guidance on Atlanta shootings as well as a pronunciation guide for the names of the Asian victims. It is important to center the stories of those most impacted by anti-Asian racism, such as Asian American journalists and writers speaking on the issue. 

Now is the time for all of us to educate ourselves on allyship and how we can practice interrupting and dismantling racism, including bystander intervention. Now is the time to seek out racial justice resources and support local AAPI advocacy organizations. We can also report incidents of anti-Asian harassment and discrimination to Asian Americans Advancing Justice and Stop AAPI Hate. As media educators, we must engage in the work of collectively dismantling racism and other forms of oppression in our schools and campuses, media, and communities.

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Navigating The New Abnormal: Tips for Parents

As part of our launch of Media Literacy Week, we are excited to promote the work of Dr. Don Shifrin, Emeritus Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at University of Washington – School of Medicine as he helps us to understand important concepts around screen time and digital citizenship while we are all participating in remote learning.  Watch AMEs interview with Dr. Don by viewing the links below:

Dr. Don’s Full Interview
The value of Screentime
On Mentoring and Isolation
Managing CellPhones and Promoting Healthy Sleep Habits

Donald Shifrin – Immunization Advocates

Dr. Don Shifrin has been a beloved pediatrician to his patients for 40 years as well as a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington. His knowledge and active interest in the field of Media Literacy have earned  him an often self-proclaimed role of a “Mediatrician.”Dr. Shifrin has been a very active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics throughout his long career. He has testified before Congress, represented the Academy on national task forces, chaired an Academy committee, led media training for Academy leadership, and was the co-editor for the Academy’s first parent newsmagazine, Healthy Children.  You may recognize him from the AAP’s “A Minute for Kids” radio program and from other radio and television spots where he often expertly speaks about media issues as they relate to our nation’s children. His views on navigating the media literacy issues of today offer invaluable advice to parents, teachers and children of all ages.

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Michael Danielson is AME’s Chairperson. He has been a teacher at Seattle Prep for 26 years. He has been teaching Media Literacy and Digital Citizenship for decades, but most recently in a semester course for 9th graders. He is also the EdTech director helping to train teachers and students in the best use of technology. Michael has been a writer for the Center for Media Literacy.