Television, radio, internet and the printed press affect almost all aspects of our lives. There is an increasing number of children who use their own electronic devices such as laptops, television sets and smart phones, and it is not an unusual scenario that these children are online 24 hours a day.
It would be mistaken not to see the potential threats of this situation, but so would it be to solely stress the downside of new media devices thus depriving our children of the opportunities offered by them. Our task is to teach them how to use media in a more responsible manner and show them how to gain a deeper understanding of the unique features of the digital world.
With this purpose in mind the National Media and Infocommunications Authority established the Magic Valley Media Literacy Education Centre as the first institution in Hungary where children can learn safe and conscious media usage through age-specific tasks with the help of state-of-the-art equipment. Owing to the SROP-3.1.14-12-2013-0001 The “Conscious Media Consumers of the Future—Promoting Media Literacy and Media Awareness” project Magic Valley can be visited by school groups completely free of charge—even travel costs are covered by the project.
In Magic Valley the unique equipment setup helps children acquire skills that will help raise their awareness by learning through experience. Children have the opportunity to produce their own newscast and commercials, edit their own newspaper and make their own radio show. They can also try their hand at dubbing, shoot a short movie featuring a prop car, solve a mystery using smart phones and get acquainted with the green-box technique.
The Centre will also provide in-service training for teachers. It is our aim to create a programme, which aligns with the objectives and requirements of the National Core Curriculum and help educators acquire practical skills.
For more information on the education centre, visit http://www.magicvalley.hu/.