Your answer is only a click away… or is it?

In class this week, we talked about internet safety for our students. The internet carries so much information that can be very useful for our students, but then there is also a lot of information that could be potentially harmful, or false as we saw in class. There have been so many times where I have typed something into Google, and it has brought me to a site that is far from where I wanted to be, or the information is obviously not valid. We have to think as teachers and know that when our students look up information on the internet, they do not have the same filter that we do and cannot detect when information is true or false. We cannot blame them at times for finding information that is far from their topic. I know for myself that when I look up something on the internet, even the news, I click on side notes or related articles on the page that take me far from where I originally intended to be. We need to make sure that our students are kept safe and can be prevented from this type of thing happening. It is hard to know what is right from wrong and I think the activity we did in class helped us to see this through the eyes of student. You have to look up the information within the site to see if it is what you are looking for. This is a hard task, but we can teach our students the correct way to do this…after all, that is what we are there for!!

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One thought on “Your answer is only a click away… or is it?

  1. Information has changed, hasn’t it… how we access it, how we create it, how we share it,… It only stands to reason that the new skills required as part of 21st century literacies be taught in schools today…. unless school today still represents a 20th century view of information and literacy. How might this be a problem, do you think? What might be some solutions?

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