Ofcom launches network to improve people's online skills and knowledge

18 July 2019

Ofcom has today launched the Making Sense of Media Network, aimed at improving the online skills, knowledge and understanding of adults and children in the UK.

The network will set out to build and share evidence of how UK adults and children use and  understand electronic media, and brings together organisations and individuals with expertise in media literacy.

Media literacy is people’s ability to use and understand the opportunities presented by traditional and new communications services. It helps them to manage content and communications, and protect themselves from the potential risks associated with using these services.

Today we have also announced a new Making Sense of Media Advisory Panel. This brings together experts from industry, the third sector and academia who will help to inform the direction of our media literacy work.

The Making Sense of Media Advisory Panel brings together 11 expert representatives from across industry, the third sector and academia.

The network and panel were launched at an event this morning at the British Library. Ofcom chief executive Sharon White and strategy and research group director Yih-Choung Teh both spoke at the event.

Individuals and organisations are welcome to input into Making Sense of Media.

We’d like to know which media literacy activities you’re already involved in, what has been successful or what is missing, and how we can all work more closely together to promote media literacy across the UK.

There will be a range of ways to get involved - whether you simply want to hear more about media literacy activities and research, or are keen to take a more active role in discussions, events or working groups.

As part of the network, you will receive a regular email bulletin on the activities of the network and relevant research.

To join the network, please complete the form on the Ofcom website. Membership is open to individuals or organisations who want to collaborate and support work to promote online media literacy.

We have also today published our latest research into adults’ internet use and attitudes. This covers use and attitudes across TV, radio, games, mobile and the internet, with a particular focus on online activities.

In addition we have published a brief guide to help people understand what happens with their data when they share it online.