Is the net generation media literate?

Possibly not!

In a recent letter to Timesonline, Jonathan Smart from University of Plymouth felt that while the net generation may be digital literate, their information skills are not keeping pace.  He references a number of reports to support this position.

“It is dangerous to conflate technical skills with cognitive skills, and despite the profusion of readily accessible information digitally, there can still exist a gulf in the ability of the ‘digital natives’ to evaluate critically, contextualise and deploy the information they retrieve.”