Digital Thinking Skills for Schools
Teaching children and young people how to make sense of the information – and misinformation – at their fingertips.
Misinformation, fake news, conspiracies, hoaxes, scams…
As children and young people increasingly turn to digital media for their information, they are more likely to encounter misleading narratives, bias and exaggeration. For better chances in life – and well-being – they need the skills to effectively evaluate what they see online.
Too many young people are:
Unable to differentiate fact from fiction online
Susceptible to hate-fuelled agendas
Made anxious or scared by false news stories
Vulnerable to conspiracy theories, scams and hoaxes
Unable to access reliable information, useful resources or support online.
“It is no longer sufficient to teach digital skills in specialist computer science classes to only some pupils… We recommend that digital literacy sit alongside reading, writing and mathematics as the fourth pillar of a child’s education.”
“Distinguishing what is true from what is not true is a critical skill today… being aware that there is something that is written that is not necessarily true that you have to question is very important. This is something that we believe schools can do something about.”
“Many pupils lack the skills they need to identify fake news, meaning that they may experience increased anxiety, they may mistake false news for fact, and they may be negatively influenced by hateful agendas promoted online.”
Essential digital thinking skills for years 4 to 9
Empowering young people to:
Extract reliable information from the internet
Critically evaluate search engine results
Differentiate between trustworthy and untrustworthy sources
Recognise conspiracy theories, scams and hoaxes
Deal with anxiety-inducing news stories
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