Angelina Jolie wants to promote global media literacy.
The award-winning actress has teamed with BBC World to create a news program aimed at children. The project, titled Our World, is an English-language current affairs program. Set for a 2019 release, the show will see ten
“There has never been a time when it was more important to introduce the next generation to objective, impartial news and factual explanation of the events and issues shaping our world,” Jolie said. “Children today are exposed to a lot of opinion, but not necessarily to information that is fact-based and reliable.”
She continued: “As a mother, I am very pleased that the BBC World Service is taking this step. It is also important to me that the project is global, and will help young people in different countries to be connected to each other and to have greater awareness and understanding of the news on an international basis.”
BBC World Service Director Jamie Angus added, “No parent can completely isolate their child from fake news. But what we can do is give kids the tools to distinguish the genuine from the false and encourage them to develop critical thinking – to ask themselves: who produced the video and why? Are they a reputable organization? Are they just telling one side of the story? Is there another view?”
According to Deadline, the BBC will seek production partners in order to expand programming into multiple languages.