Making Sense of Media Annual Plan
Being able to participate effectively online remains as important as ever.
We’ve made progress against our goals since publishing our Approach to Media Literacy (PDF, 2.1 MB) in December 2021.
From engaging with those currently delivering interventions, to driving new programmes for underserved users, we’ve continually aimed to promote people’s ability to participate effectively and safely and support them to flourish online. For the media literacy sector we’ve also published a toolkit to embed evaluation practices into media literacy interventions, and we continued to publish a wide range of research. We continue to work with platforms to design in media literacy.
Our Annual Plan clearly sets out what we have delivered since December 2021, and our forthcoming plan of work for 2023/2024. Our focus remains on people and platforms – making online communications work for everyone by supporting those that need it most and encouraging platforms to do more online and fund more in communities. Our media literacy programme will complement our new regulatory powers once the Online Safety Bill is enacted.
Below the Annual Plan you will find our original Approach to Online Media Literacy publication.
Ofcom has a mission to make communications work for everyone, both in traditional and online formats. That means we must consider how everyone can benefit from all that being online has to offer, safely. It means addressing the imbalance of skills and knowledge among different parts of the population and encouraging platforms to design for media literacy. The lockdowns accelerated a trend of ubiquitous connectivity, which is here to stay.
Promoting media literacy is a key tool in our primary duty to further the interests of citizens and consumers and will be critical to our future functions as the online safety regulator. We are relaunching our online media literacy programme, using our existing powers, with the goal of promoting people's ability to participate effectively and stay safe online.
This document sets out our approach to promoting media literacy, and how it fits with our online regulatory role.