as I tried importing my pictures from my memory card to lightroom it came up with a statement [The following files were not imported because they could not be read]. I don't think I've done anything different with my camera or computer. Does anyone have any ideas. I"m a bit panicked here
This message often really means that the files cannot be *written* to the destination. Make sure you have appropriate permissions.
I'm new to photography and to lightroom and I'm not quite sure what "appropriate permissions" means.
It's not a photography/Lightroom thing, it's an operating system thing. You need to change the permission properties of the affected folder(s) so that they can be written to.