We all need to be criticial of the things we read on the internet. There is a big problem in knowing what you can trust, with so much material that is either unintentionally wrong or deliberately designed to minsinform. This can be a minefield for children (and adults).
To help teachers address this, Childnet has created a resource designed to support teachers in exploring critical thinking online. The ‘Trust Me‘ resource has been created with teachers in mind after hearing from schools that they wanted a resource which would start the conversations around extremism and extreme online content.
There are two packs for download, one aimed at Primary children and one for secondary. Both contains powerpoints to use with the children and pdf files for the teacher with lesson plans.
The main aim of this resource is to educate young people around inaccurate and pervasive information that they might come across online. This resource is by no means a solution to the issues that are facing young people online but is intended to stimulate and facilitate discussions around online risk.
Developed in partnership with the London Grid for Learning (LGfL) Safeguarding Board, the resource contains lesson plans for both primary and secondary level that aim to empower educators to discuss how to think critically around the areas of content, contact, and propaganda material that may seek to persuade or change their views.
The packs also come with teachers guidance which contains the appropriate background documents for schools and additional content to help deliver this resource to pupils.
It gives a great overview of the relevant laws online and case study examples to support you in answering any questions which may arise during these sessions.
This is a free resource, so I highly recommend you download it and take a look. Can you adapt it for use with your class?
You can download the Trust Me resources here. Let me know what you think in the comments, and share any other useful e-safety links you use with your class.