When the Big Picture is Not Enough

Botturi, Luca (2019) When the Big Picture is Not Enough. Media Education Research Journal, 9 (1). pp. 12-33. ISSN 2040-4530

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As the social perception of risks connected to the digital world increases, educators are increasingly acknowledging the importance of digital and media literacy programmes within formal schooling. International, national and regional studies provide useful data about the penetration of digital devices and their use, and about young people’s digital practices. Many prevention programmes are based on such data and suffer from potential “one-size-fits-all” bias. This paper compares 8 Italian urban private middle school classes on digital media use, digital practices, and the socialization of digital experiences. Results suggest that classes are different from one another, and each class has distinctive features that, if properly considered, would require an individualized approach for effective digital and media literacy education.

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