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What is Media Literacy Ireland?

Media Literacy Ireland (MLI) is an informal alliance of individuals and organisations who work together on a mainly voluntary basis to promote media literacy in Ireland. Facilitated by Coimisiún na Meán, MLI has over 250 members drawn from a broad range of sectors.

Our vision is for all Irish people to be empowered with the skills and confidence to be able to access and critically evaluate content and services across all platforms, understand and question how media and digital technology operate, identify and manage risks, and participate in the public sphere in a responsible, ethical and effective manner.

To switch to the Irish language version of this site, press the ‘GA’ button above. We have also developed an Irish language Glossary of media literacy terms with translations of words and terms and examples of the use of the terms in the form of sentences.

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Training & Development

Workshop in Box

The workshop in a box provides teachers, librarians, community leaders and other learning facilitators with the resources they need to deliver a media literacy workshop. The aim of the workshop is to discuss with participants best…

Ceardlann i mBosca

Soláthraíonn an cheardlann i mbosca na hacmhainní a theastaíonn uathu chun ceardlann litearthachta sna meáin a sholáthar do mhúinteoirí, leabharlannaithe, ceannairí pobail agus éascaitheoirí foghlama eile. Is é aidhm na…

Teaching Lateral Reading

Lateral reading is a powerful and effective technique used by factcheckers to evaluate the accuracy and reliability of information online. The Civic Online Reasoning project from the Stanford University offers a sequence of lessons that…

SMILES – Young people fighting disinformation

SMILES is a media literacy project that aims to help young people learn how to fight disinformation. It offers a digital toolkit in English divided into blocks, each of them addressing a different topic. Teachers and educators can…

Digital News Report 2023

The most recent Digital News report shows new insights on digital news consumption based on a survey of over 93,000 online news consumers in 46 markets covering half of the world’s population. The material is useful for people who want to…


Childnet is a UK-based charity that aims to empower children, young people, and those who support them in their online lives, making the internet an enjoyable and safe place for children and young people. On their website, there are free…

The Bad News Game

The goal of this game is to expose the tactics and manipulation techniques that are used to mislead people and build up a following. Bad News works as a psychological “vaccine” against disinformation: according to the developers,…

Scrolling news: the changing face of online news consumption

In this report, Ofcom used a variety of methods to gain an insight into the online news landscape and how people consume online news. The use of social media as people’s main route to access news blurs the boundaries between news,…


Interland, developed by Google, is an online adventure that teaches kids aged between 7-12 the key lessons of internet safety through four challenging games. Please click on the link below to access the…

Report – Risks and Opportunities for Children in a Digital World

This report, commissioned by UNICEF in 2021, explores what has been learned from recent research studies about children’s experiences and outcomes relating to the internet and digital technologies. It is a good resource to inform…

What is media literacy?

MLI does not narrowly define media literacy. Instead, we look to the BAI Media Literacy Policy to illustrate what media literacy looks like in real terms for both individuals and for society. The BAI Media Literacy Policy outlines the following three core competencies and associated media literacy skills.

  • Understand and critically evaluate broadcast, digital and other media content and services, in order to make informed choices and best manage media use.
  • Access and use broadcast and digital media content and services in a safe and secure manner, to maximise opportunities and minimise risks.
  • Create and participate via media, in a responsible, ethical and effective manner, in the creative, cultural and democratic aspects of society.

Latest News

4 October 2023

Free Internet Safety Information Sessions for parents

The National Parents Council is bringing a series of free Internet Safety Information Sessions specifically designed for parents. Each virtual session will provide information and skills to help parents engage in their children’s…

28 September 2023

Be Media Smart Campaign goes live!

MLI launched the Be Media Smart on October 24 to mark Global Media and Information Literacy Week. Now, more than ever, it is critical that people use accurate and reliable information when making informed decisions – whether…

28 September 2023


The 34th Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People returns from September 30 to October 31, 2023 with an exciting programme.  With over 100 events taking place across Belfast, the Festival…

28 September 2023

Have your Say: Public Consultation on National Counter Disinfo Strategy

A public consultation on the development of a National Counter Disinformation Strategy was launched on September 25. As part of their report, the Future of Media Commission recognised the need for more coordinated and strategic action…

28 September 2023

Calling young film-makers. What’s Your Story?

How might new technology (or AI) help you in the future? Trend Micro Ireland’s annual youth video competition ‘What’s Your Story?’ launched on September 26 2023. With thousands of euro in cash prizes to be won, Trend Micro…

28 September 2023

Be Media Smart training gets underway

The Be Media Smart Community Training Programme swings into action during October with a small army of community-based volunteers signed up to become Be Media Smart trainers. Applications for the free online training for…

1 September 2023


Sa Chlár Traenála Pobail ‘Bíodh Tuiscint agat ar na Meáin’, cuirtear acmhainní agus traenáil saor in aisce ‘Bíodh Tuiscint agat ar na Meáin’ ar fáil do cheannairí pobail chun cuidiú le daoine eile ina…

23 August 2023

Be Media Smart Training and Resources available. Sign up now.

Be Media Smart is an initiative of Media Literacy Ireland (MLI) which encourages people to Stop, Think and Check that the information that they read, see or hear is reliable and accurate. This year, the Stop, Think, Check message will…

30 June 2023

EMIL puts spotlight on Algorithm Literacy

EMIL is the EPRA Taskforce on Media and Information Literacy (MIL), for media regulators and other organisations committed to the promotion of MIL in Europe. Created as part of the EPRA network of European media regulators, EMIL aims to…

29 June 2023

Diversity and inclusion project LEMON goes live

By Sally Galiana For the last two years, partners in five European countries (Spain, Germany, Ireland, Belgium, Austria) have worked together to create a new media literacy e-learning resource. The Learning Ethical Media Online…

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Upcoming Events

23 February 2023

MLI Working Group Panel meeting

The next MLI Working Group Panel meeting will take place on February 23 at 10am. If you are a member of the MLI Working Group Panel and you have not received the meeting invitation please email If you are…

21 February 2023

Supporting Teens Online

Webwise; the Irish internet safety awareness centre is hosting the ‘Talk, Listen, Learn Online Safety Webinar’ for parents/guardians of teens. The webinar will explore the opportunities and risks for children online, offer practical…

9 February 2023

Fighting Misinformation Online Conference – What Finland has Uncovered

Alongside the European University Institute, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and YouTube, Google’s Northern Europe team is kicking off the year with a Fighting Misinformation Online event as part of Media Literacy Week in…

8 February 2023

Launch of History of the Future podcast series

The Schuler Democracy Forum are launching a new podcast series called ‘History of the Future’. The six-part series is co-hosted by Ellie Payne and Mark Little will interrogate ideas about the future, truth, fear, identity, freedom,…

7 February 2023

Supporting Children Online

Webwise in partnership with the National Parents Council Primary are delighted to organise an Online Safety Webinar for parents of young children. The webinar will discuss the opportunities and risks for children online, offer…

7 February 2023

Safer Internet Day 2023

The Irish Safer Internet Centre is pleased to invite you to the flagship Safer Internet Day 2023 event exploring the theme of building empathy and respect online. Discussions will explore some of the opportunities and challenges around…

19 December 2022

MLA4MedLit Conference

Teachers play a hugely important role in empowering young citizens to tackle disinformation by promoting digital, media and information literacy in their classrooms. This one-day online conference from the Media Learning Association aims…

16 November 2022

Exploring Media Literacy at National, Regional and Local Level – the work of the EDMO Hubs

EDMO has set up national and multinational hubs in Europe to tackle disinformation and one of the core tasks of these hubs is to organise media literacy activities at national or multinational level. This series will highlight specific…

4 November 2022

Nordicom/Media & Learning Association Wednesday Webinar series

The first part of the webinar will introduce Media Literacy in the Flemish region of Belgium and provide an overview of the status of Media Literacy in Flanders, describe the relevant policy framework and the extent to which media literacy…

27 October 2022

Nurturing Trust by evaluating impact: Why understanding what works in MIL interventions is essential

Marking Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2022, this webinar has been jointly developed by Media Literacy Ireland (MLI), the European Digital Media Observatory (EDMO) and the Irish EDMO Hub and will take place on 27 October. It…

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