Quick Guide to Critical Thinking
Encourage kids to question what they come across online.
- Could this information be true or false?
- Could this content be risky?
- Can you trust the person sharing the information?
Besides just questioning what they see, show kids how to take action and search for facts online. What is a credible, reputable or reliable source can be tricky for kids to understand, so let them know you’re there to help them figure it out. Show them how to investigate what they encounter by asking:
- Is this information a fact or opinion?
- What do other reliable sources say? Do the sources agree or disagree?
- Who is the author? Is this person credible?
Show kids how to avoid passively consuming digital content. Instead, think critically about the game, music or videos they enjoy.
- Are these age-appropriate?
- What do the ratings and descriptions say about the content?
- If still unsure, let your kids know you’re there to help them figure out if what they’re seeing is age-appropriate or if they can trust whoever is sharing it
- If they come across something that doesn’t seem real, let them know they can report it on the platform or tell a trusted grown-up