Parents -How can you help your child?

"The world is not dangerous because of those who do harm
but because of those who look at it without doing anything."

-Albert Einstein


Fact checking online is more important than ever MetroSverige YouTube


How  you can you help your child in this crisis:

  • Many librarians and other information specialists state that your child learning critical thinking skills is probably the most important thing you and your child can do. Help your child develop the skills and inclinations to question things, to investigate things, and with sustained attention to ask "why?". Children can be taught to not believe everything they see or read.  In the upper elementary and higher grade levels your child should be learning how to spot untrustworthy news sources.  Ask your child's school and/or libraian if your child is practicing and developing critical thinking skills such as the skills on this page: Don't Be Fooled Again!  
  • For your child's researching and projects, check to make sure your child is using the trustworthy and authoritative digital resources Northside purchases for our students.
      - Elementary
      - Secondary
  • Help your child get into the pracitice of slowing down while reading and to read in depth, rather than just quickly skimming an article or post.
  • Teaching Your Kids About Real News and Fake News - GeekDad
  • Help yourself and your child by opening yourself to new people and perspectives:   
  • Your child can do their own fact checking using the following trustworthy sites: 
    - Politifact -a Pulitzer Prize winning independent fact checking org.    -on YouTube    -on Facebook    -on Twitter
    - Snopes -a reference source for rumors and misinformation                                         -on Facebook    -on Twitter
    - -a nonpartisan, nonprofit project of Annenberg PPC of the Univ. of Pennsylvania that monitors the factual accuracy of news

  • Ask your librarian how to customize the news sources they view on their phone -  Twitter lists, Customize Facebook, Google News and more!
  • Print out a copy of the THINK poster & hang it near your computer or upload the poster to your home screen on your computer and all devices.
    Technology Rocks   
    Mr. Fortna's Blog
  • Help your child to practice focusing on one thing at a time in order to think critically.  "Many students attempt to multitask by texting, reading and watching video at once, hampering the concentration needed to question content and think deeply,”  -Yalda T. Uhls, a research psychologist at the Children’s Digital Media Center at the University of California.  Your child can develop concentration by bringing their full attention to everyday tasks such as their breathing, washing dishes, vacumming, listening to someone, etc.
  • Share with your child what you are reading.





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