Do you go on the Internet? If so, this is the class for you!
On the Internet, we may encounter images, hear reports, notice advertisements, spot propaganda, and even receive spam. It can be tricky to recognize what’s legitimate and what’s not. It is important to know how to effectively sift through the information we encounter, so we can make informed decisions. We all need to become Internet Super Sleuths!
In this class, we will hone our sleuthing skills while we explore a myriad of materials found on the Internet. We’ll learn how to determine site credibility, evaluate Internet sources, recognize bias, distinguish facts from falsehoods, and stay safe online. We’ll even have the opportunity to create a Super Sleuths-inspired, semester-long online project! Together, we’ll learn to successfully navigate the digital world and become Internet Super Sleuths along the way!
“When you’re online, you’re bombarded with text, images, videos, and sounds. Information is coming at you at break-neck speed. It’s up to you to determine whether the information is credible — sometimes, in a split-second! This requires super sleuthing skills. Join us to learn how to become an Internet Super Sleuth!” ~ Dr. Kirsten
Note to parents:
- In this course, we’ll work on improving our Internet literacy abilities. Internet literacy is “the ability to access, understand, critique, and create information and communication content online” (Livingstone, 2003, Internet literacy: Young people’s negotiation of new online opportunities).
- Fake Information Fools Kids: 44% of children feel they can tell fake information from real information. 31% of kids shared information online that they later found out was wrong or inaccurate (Robb, 2017, www.commonsense.org/research). In this class, we’ll work together to make sure your child isn’t part of that statistic.
- Although we will only focus on age-appropriate materials for this course, parents should supervise Internet searches.
- We’ll help your child beat this statistic: