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.