The media portrays many different groups of people in different ways. This influences the way society sees that group and possibly even how we act towards them. The best way to prevent stereotypes from being used against a group of people is to find out what children already know about these stereotypes as a result of the media. Once you have pinpointed the issues, you can then confront them and help them to understand that some of the messages are false or misleading.
In the first video, children were asked what they knew about the middle east. A lot of them had no idea or false representations of it. When they were told to analyze the movie “Aladdin,” they were able to gain a better understanding of how the media portrays people. I think it is important to educate children about these matters while they are at a young age so they are not misinformed about different groups of people and so that they can ask the proper questions to gain appropriate knowledge about these groups. Children need to be able to view the world in their own way and not be told what to believe because others have their own, possibly personal views towards a certain group.
In class we were asked to describe what Metaliteracy is by using only pictures. Everyone seemed to have a picture of books or people who looked like they were thinking. This shows how narrow our thinking can be. Metaliteracy is more than just thinking about how you think but also how you can expand your knowledge to better yourself as well as others.