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Perez, Sarah. Google’s new media literacy program teaches kids how to spot disinformation and fake news. Tech Crunch. https://techcrunch.com/2019/06/24/googles-new-media-literacy-program-teaches-kids-how-to-spot-disinformation-and-fake-news/
This article discusses a recent announcement from Google that it is expanding the digital safety curriculum to include media literacy. The new “Internet Code of Awesome” covers key elements to internet safety and media literacy that is necessary in today’s world. It includes teaching students to share mindfully, not fall for fake news, making sure to be safe with internet use, using kindness when on the internet, and always making sure to talk to an adult if there are questions or think that they are uncomfortable about.
The listed key points in the article include:
Five fundamental topics of digital citizenship and safety form the Internet Code of Awesome:
• Share with Care (Be Internet Smart)
• Don’t Fall for Fake (Be Internet Alert)
• Secure Your Secrets (Be Internet Strong)
• It’s Cool to Be Kind (Be Internet Kind)
• When in Doubt, Talk It Out (Be Internet Brave).
The article also discusses related classroom activities that teach students how phishing words, how to check credible sources, and spotting deceptive URLs. The goal of the course is to “encourage kids to make checking all news and information a habit- not just those they think seem suspicious.”
This short article provides helpful links that show that can be used for reference when gathering lesson ideas for “fake news” and working on media literacy.