THINK CRITICALLY

How do we think critically about what we see, hear and contribute to online?

Recommendations

  • Spot the fake-news! Fact-check information to determine its credibility

  • THINK before you post - Is it ...True? Helpful? Inspiring? Necessary? Kind?

  • Create a positive digital presence - think about what your posts says to the world about who you are

  • Consider the perspectives of others and be open to different viewpoints

  • Consume, create and share content that is appropriate for you and others 

  • Reflect on how your interactions online may contribute positively or negatively to a given situation

  • Consider how your communication might be perceived by others - tone and sarcasm is sometimes difficult to express digitally

  • Be aware of a cry for help - Sometimes people say or do things that reflect their own need for support

  • Know that help is available if you come across something that is worrisome and you’re not sure how to deal with it

 
 

Resources

The following provocations are meant to provoke discussion on the topic of "Think Critically." Having discussions on these resources will help provide insight on students passions and interests and also help provide a direction for future learning.

Save the Endangered Pacific Octopus from Extinction!

Website that brings awareness of the need to help support the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus from extinction. Site includes FAQs, sightings, media, activities and links. Looks like legitimate information but...!

Dog Island...Free Foreveer

"Over 2,500 dogs are already enjoying a better life at Dog Island. Separated from the anxieties of urban life, dogs on Dog Island are healthy dogs who live a natural, healthy and happy life, free from the stress and hardship associated with daily life among humans."

How Does “Fake” News Become News?

Title is pretty self-explanatory but this entertaining and informative video discusses the concepts of influencers, confirmation bias, trust, echo chambers, etc. Finally it ends with some tips to identify fake news.

Inside ‘Click Farms’ And Their Social Media Impact

Video shows how likes, retweets, favourites, etc. may not be telling the true story on how popular or unpopular a social media post is! 

All Sides Website

All sides exposes people to information and ideas from all sides of the political spectrum so they can better understand the world — and each other. Balanced news coverage, media bias ratings, civil dialogue opportunities, and technology platform are available for everyone and can be integrated by schools, nonprofits, media companies, and more.

News and America's Kids (infographic)

Infographic from well-respected Common Sense Media shows how young people perceive and impacted by the news

WhatsApp is playing a critical role in the Indian election

India is WhatsApp’s biggest market. It may well be where its use is the most fraught. So in the lead-up to the largest election in world history, winning the information war on the social media platform has become a key to victory.

Twitter bots boost trending hastag

Article from Canada's National Observer discusses how much of the activity surrounding the anti-Trudeau hashtag was actually driven by accounts tweeting at non-human rates, including about 2 dozen account created 48 hours before.

"This might be the best video on the Internet right now"

Tweet contains a link to an excellent video to demonstrate that things on social media aren’t always what they appear to be. Discussion starter for kids? 

WHat parents need to teach kids about deepfake videos

Tweet contains a link to an excellent video to demonstrate that things on social media aren’t always what they appear to be. Discussion starter for kids? 

 

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