From impersonating a Fake News tycoon, to countering cyberbullying: MIL games that will help you make better decisions in the information environment. 

Media and Information Literacy may be the most important skill everyone needs in the 21st century. As UNESCO puts it, citizens equipped with MIL competencies are informed, engaged, and empowered. They can capitalize on the opportunities provided by information, technology, and media.

On top of that, learning about MIL should be fun! Since games are one of the best ways to get people talking, we listed three online resources that will certainly get students involved in your workshops and lessons.

1. Get Bad News (Available in 15 languages)

Quite a suggestive name, huh? That’s what a game developed by DROG in collaboration with Cambridge University proposes.

The Bad News Game confers resistance against disinformation by putting players in the position of the people who create it, and as such gain insight into the various tactics and methods used by ‘real’ fake news-mongers to spread their message.

Choosing an option that is in line with what a ‘real’ producer of disinformation would choose gets them more followers and credibility. If, however, they lie too blatantly to their followers, choose an option that is overtly ridiculous or act too much in line with journalistic best practices, the game either takes followers away or lowers their credibility.

The Bad News game draws on inoculation theory for its theoretical justification. The theory has its roots in social psychology and states that people are able to build up a resistance against false or misleading information by being presented with a weakened version of a misleading argument before being exposed to the “real” information.

One can see this as giving people a kind of “vaccine” against misleading information. If you can recognize it, you can resist it. Here’s the study behind it.

2. Adventures of Literatus (Available in Romanian, Georgian, French and English)

If in the Get Bad News game you are supposed to play the villain, in Adventures of Literatus, you play a detective’s role. Your mission is to go through 10 different worlds, in search of your beloved Veritas, who was kidnappend by Manipulus. Uncover stories, search for hints and find the truth!

You must take a proactive role if you ever want to solve this mistery. By the end of the game, you will know how competent of a media consumer you are and how accurately you can recognize misleading information.

The game was developed within a Media Hackathon promoted by the Independent Journalism Center in Moldova and DW Akademy.

3. Millab Games and Quizzes (Available in English and Georgian)

If you visit their website, you will soon realize it’s impossible to play just one of their quizzes! Millab presents a number of case studies and games about propaganda, disinformation, cybersecurity, cyberbullying, hate speech and much more.

All their games are child / teenager friendly and raise important discussions that can be explored further during MIL training.

Test yourself. Can you spot propaganda techniques and differentiate real photographs from Photoshop creations? Or would you rather seek sources, verify facts, and balance opinions as a reporter?

Are you interested in learning more about how games and quizzes can be used during MIL workshops? Don’t forget to read our posts regarding the MILEN Experts behind the games!

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