| || |
NOTE! — It is important to realize that (once you know how) the actual mechanics of checking the credibility of information only takes a few seconds of clicking, copying & pasting, searching, and judging for yourself. THE PART THAT TAKES THE MOST WORK IS LEARNING TO DO YOUR OWN JUDGING!!!!! - And it is vital that we teach our students about safe-gaurding themselves.
While “surfin’ the Net”, whether it be for fun & folly, or for work or school, ensure you have your ‘Crap-Detectors’ out – “Every man should have a built-in automatic crap detector operating inside him.”
—Ernest Hemingway, 1954
A good question to ask yourself, particularly if asked to download anything, is: “Might someone be trying to put one over on me?” — This could be anything from actual cash, to the more common phishing spam, going after your personal info.
For example, there is one going around Facebook about a horrific roller coaster accident… Never click on a link from a friend if you think it is not something they would normally send, post, or say. Also, if you see numerous posts with the exact same comment, it is probably suspect.
Here is a wonderful article explaining how these types of spam work, as well as what to do if you’ve clicked one of these:
Howard Rheingold has written some excellent guidelines about basic information literacy that everybody should become familiar with, plus some lesson plan ideas to use in the classroom (if you are a teacher):
(He also provide many informative links.)
This website, too, has some great information for lessons… http://globaldigitalcitizen.org
Here are 2 videos about spam!
| || |
Happy Judging, Questioning & Critical Thinking, everyone!!
And, don’t forget to BUMP IT UP — DO BETTER TO BE BETTER:)