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What we’ve learnt…

After five fascinating years, we are closing our doors. Here are some things we've learnt... Since 2017, we at The Digital Life Skills Company CIC have been researching and teaching Digital Information Literacy (DIL) skills to children, young people and - more recently - adults. Through interactive workshops and webinars we’ve shown pupils, parents, adult [...]

By |July 13th, 2021|

The misinformation myths every school needs to bust

The misinformation myths every school needs to bust In the five years we’ve been teaching children and teens how to evaluate digital information, we have found pupils using a variety of evaluation techniques that simply don't work. Some of this is down to our very human biases and some down to misguided approaches being used [...]

By |July 12th, 2021|

Get media savvy – 12 habits every family should adopt

Get media savvy - 12 habits every family should adopt Although young people are often seen as 'digital natives', they - like other age groups - struggle to tell fact from fiction online. Research by the National Literacy Trust and Ofcom tells us that: Only 2% of young people have the skills to tell if [...]

By |July 12th, 2021|

Together for a better internet

Together for a better internet. Safer Internet Day on 9th February 2021 was embraced by schools all over the country as home learning, mostly online, continued.  There were none of the normal drop down days or school visits from the Digital Life Skills Company.  But we were able to deliver our online webinar 'Is that [...]

By |March 15th, 2021|

Is that a fact? New webinar for parents (and anyone else…)

Help your kids tell fact from fiction online. We've launched a new webinar for parents (grandparents, carers, aunts and uncles etc.) to help children spot misinformation in their newsfeeds, searches and social media. The pandemic has shown us how vitally important it is to know a trusted source and recognise 'clickbait'. Youngsters are often seen [...]

By |November 27th, 2020|

Help us transform how we educate the Google generation

Do your pupils know how to discern fact from fiction? Google answers 11 million questions from UK schoolchildren every day1. More than half completely trust or 'don’t consider' the reliability of the information2. KS3 teachers and senior school leaders are invited to a FREE 2-hour online workshop to help develop classroom resources and learn simple [...]

By |August 13th, 2020|

11 tips to stay well informed for #GE2019

In the lead up to an election political misinformation and disinformation are widespread online. What advice can we give young people - soon to be voters - about accessing reliable information? These tips will help equip them - and all of us - to make informed decisions.  Find the source Don’t trust something just because [...]

By |November 7th, 2019|

‘Misinformation’ TEDx talk by DLSCo co-founder

With a snap election looking highly probable and the volume of online misinformation seen during the 2017 General Election set to continue, how can we ensure the electorate is making well-informed voting decisions? Our co-founder, Shelley Metcalfe spoke recently at TEDx Macclesfield about the cost of careless clicks, how we are all part of the problem [...]

By |October 16th, 2019|

Is your class ad-savvy? 7 ideas for teachers

Childhood has become increasingly commercialised as young people spend more time online, inside and outside school. The average person is estimated to see a whopping 5,000 adverts every day. These activities will help your students develop a healthy scepticism towards the marketing content that permeates their online world. Invite your class to share examples of [...]

By |January 29th, 2019|

Online advertising: Why we need to educate young people

Games, videos, news stories, social media posts and memes. Online advertisers often disguise their marketing messages as entertainment or information. You may know the difference, but do children? Online advertisers are using increasingly sophisticated marketing techniques, making it harder for young people to recognise when they are being sold to. The Advertising Standards Authority currently [...]

By |January 29th, 2019|
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