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Common Sense Media Tip of the Week

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Every Monday I work with our fifth graders on information literacy including APA citation. Yesterday we talked about the importance of these skills in light of the election and the fake news that circulated during this time. We looked closely at the font of the headline, author name and credibility. Max said, "They use different sizes in the font and specific words to click bait you." Our students are very tech savvy, they know that digital and information literacy are skills for success. At EBI we are committed to the explicit and intentional teaching of these skills so our students navigate information responsibly and intelligently. Below is more about how to talk to kids about fake news from Common Sense Media.

Hasta luego - Laura


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If you get your news online or from social media, this type of headline sounds very familiar. What's real? What's fake? What's satire? Now that anyone with access to a phone or computer can publish information online, it's getting harder to tell. But as more people go to Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter and other online sources for their news and information, it's even more crucial that all of us -- especially kids -- learn to decode what we read online.

There's so much fake news online that Google and Facebook are starting to actively crack down on publishers of false or misleading news. But ad-supported networks are in somewhat of a bind, since they get money when users click on these stories -- so the crazier the headline, the more money they make. Most kids and teens get their news from their feeds, so they need to learn how to view stories critically (and they should learn that skill anyway!). Even little kids can start to think about some key media-literacy questions. And as kids get older, parents can help kids become more sophisticated critical thinkers. Please click here to find the tips to share with both young and older kids to help them spot fake news.


Dana Blum
Bay Area Regional Director