The headlines on the Internet, newspapers, television and radio can be overwhelming for kids -- especially without context. So, how do you approach talking to kids about the news? How do you help them think critically about information that is being presented, and encourage them to ask questions like who are the sources? Are they trustworthy? These are important critical thinking questions for kids who are growing up with digital technology.
Mom and freelance journalist Joyce Grant and teacher Jonathan Tilly have been teaching kids news in a kid-friendly context with curriculum connections for several years. They founded "Teaching Kids News", a website that presents the news in an age-appropriate way, along with classroom curriculum excercises. I visited Jonathan Tilly's grade 6 class at Hillcrest Community School in Toronto, to see the "teaching kids news" program in action. Grant and Tilly talked about why kids should think critically about the news, how they make news appropriate for kids, and why kids should be exposed to news early. They also offered tips for teachers and tips for parents, and shared the story about how "Teaching Kids News" got started.
Here’s a video of our day at Hillcrest Community School, where we saw kids learning about current events, and using that knowledge to complete a curriculum-based exercise.
- More video from Teaching Kids News:
- Why Should Kids Think Critically About News?
- How Parents Can Interest Their Kids In the News
- Tips for Teachers on Teaching Kids News
- Why Kids Should Be Exposed To News Early
- Making News Appropriate For Kids
- How "Teaching Kids News" Got Started
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- TVOKids's Media Lab: Web Wiz game and shows test your chid's digital literacy.
- For more on kids and digital media, check out TVOParents' digital literacy page of resources.
- For more on kids and media literacy, check out TVOparents' media literacy page of resources.