How to teach a teenager to be critical of the news: advice from a psychologist

How to teach a teenager to be critical of the news: advice from a psychologist

How to teach a teenager to properly watch or read news, to distinguish lies from fact, and to be critical of the information that appears in the media, read the material.
More than 21,000 television stations broadcast around the clock in the world, only the Associated Press news agency publishes 2,000 news items from 106 countries of the world per day, and an average of 57,000 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube. Willingly or unwittingly, adolescents fall under this information avalanche: TV, social networks, Internet portals constantly broadcast news and talk about events. And not all of them are true.
How to distinguish fake from the fact? And when should you start talking with a child about media hygiene? By the opening of the first in Ukraine Museum of news, we asked these questions to the psychologist Olga Khan and formed five councils.
 
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“The child's psyche is quite flexible: today children believe one information, tomorrow they hear the opposite and again believe it.On the one hand, it is important to foster maturity, stability of views, and on the other hand, critical thinking. You should not avoid important topics: truth and lies, justice and injustice. With children of early school age, these topics can be discussed in the form of a game or an instructive story, from which it will become clear to the child that life is not black and white, there are many tones and half-tones in it. ”

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1. Watch the news with your child
Take a few minutes to watch TV or a news portal together. While watching, watch the child especially interested in how he reacts to various events. After that, be sure to discuss what you see.
2. Teach your child to check the source and dates.
In the era of information wars, it is especially important to understand where the information came from and whether you can trust this source. As a rule, children themselves can not assess the credibility of the source, so you can together make a list of publications and sites that are trustworthy. It is also important to draw the child’s attention to the date of publication of the article, photo or video.Perhaps an event that so excited happened a few years ago, and the problem has long been solved.

3. Tell us how the news is created.
If you do not know how this is done, then from March 1 at the Museum of News dedicated to the 20th anniversary of TSN, you can learn how television works, get into the news studio and try yourself as a presenter - this experience will be exciting and useful not only for children, but also for adults. When a child knows how to collect information for a news release, how it is checked, how many people work on the picture he sees, it is easier for him to understand and evaluate the quality of information “from the TV”.
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4. Tell the truth that there is no truth
Just tell your child that not all news can be true. The very realization that the news may be false, spurs the child to analyze what they read and understand the facts.
The news, which should be trusted, will be told with the help of facts (with reference to a specific source) and submitted in a neutral, rather than evaluative form. If something is described as the best and unique, in most cases this information will not be true.Play the Adjective game with your child. For example, "In Ukraine, they will present the best car in the world" - this is advertising. Remove the adjective, and the result will be: “A car will be presented in Ukraine”.

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  • How to teach a teenager to be critical of the news: advice from a psychologist

    How to teach a teenager to be critical of the news: advice from a psychologist

    How to teach a teenager to be critical of the news: advice from a psychologist

    How to teach a teenager to be critical of the news: advice from a psychologist

    How to teach a teenager to be critical of the news: advice from a psychologist

    How to teach a teenager to be critical of the news: advice from a psychologist

    How to teach a teenager to be critical of the news: advice from a psychologist

    How to teach a teenager to be critical of the news: advice from a psychologist

    How to teach a teenager to be critical of the news: advice from a psychologist

    How to teach a teenager to be critical of the news: advice from a psychologist

    How to teach a teenager to be critical of the news: advice from a psychologist

    How to teach a teenager to be critical of the news: advice from a psychologist

    How to teach a teenager to be critical of the news: advice from a psychologist

    How to teach a teenager to be critical of the news: advice from a psychologist

    How to teach a teenager to be critical of the news: advice from a psychologist

    How to teach a teenager to be critical of the news: advice from a psychologist

    How to teach a teenager to be critical of the news: advice from a psychologist

    How to teach a teenager to be critical of the news: advice from a psychologist

    How to teach a teenager to be critical of the news: advice from a psychologist

    How to teach a teenager to be critical of the news: advice from a psychologist

    How to teach a teenager to be critical of the news: advice from a psychologist

    How to teach a teenager to be critical of the news: advice from a psychologist

    How to teach a teenager to be critical of the news: advice from a psychologist

    How to teach a teenager to be critical of the news: advice from a psychologist

    How to teach a teenager to be critical of the news: advice from a psychologist

    How to teach a teenager to be critical of the news: advice from a psychologist

    How to teach a teenager to be critical of the news: advice from a psychologist

    How to teach a teenager to be critical of the news: advice from a psychologist

    How to teach a teenager to be critical of the news: advice from a psychologist

    How to teach a teenager to be critical of the news: advice from a psychologist

    How to teach a teenager to be critical of the news: advice from a psychologist

    How to teach a teenager to be critical of the news: advice from a psychologist

    How to teach a teenager to be critical of the news: advice from a psychologist

    How to teach a teenager to be critical of the news: advice from a psychologist

    How to teach a teenager to be critical of the news: advice from a psychologist

    How to teach a teenager to be critical of the news: advice from a psychologist

    How to teach a teenager to be critical of the news: advice from a psychologist

    How to teach a teenager to be critical of the news: advice from a psychologist

    How to teach a teenager to be critical of the news: advice from a psychologist

    How to teach a teenager to be critical of the news: advice from a psychologist

    How to teach a teenager to be critical of the news: advice from a psychologist

    How to teach a teenager to be critical of the news: advice from a psychologist

    How to teach a teenager to be critical of the news: advice from a psychologist

    How to teach a teenager to be critical of the news: advice from a psychologist

    How to teach a teenager to be critical of the news: advice from a psychologist

    How to teach a teenager to be critical of the news: advice from a psychologist

    How to teach a teenager to be critical of the news: advice from a psychologist

    How to teach a teenager to be critical of the news: advice from a psychologist

    How to teach a teenager to be critical of the news: advice from a psychologist

    How to teach a teenager to be critical of the news: advice from a psychologist

    How to teach a teenager to be critical of the news: advice from a psychologist

    How to teach a teenager to be critical of the news: advice from a psychologist