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Teaching Your Children About Authority and Facts on the Internet

By: Krystle Crossman

The internet is a huge part of our children’s lives. They use it to connect with friends and family through social media. They use it to do research for school projects. The problem is that there is so much information on the internet that it is hard to tell what is real information and what is fake. Teaching your children to spot the difference and spot pages with authority is something that is very important. Blogger and home-school mother Penelope Truck shares how she taught her children about the dangers of scam sites and sites that do not have the information that they are looking for.

1. Photos – Most of the photos on the internet can look real enough but there are many times when what you see is not what has actually happened. For example someone could paste a photo of themselves on a great adventure or vacation and say that they went to these places. They could paste themselves in with celebrities. Digital media is great because it gives a visual to go along with the information but it can be hard to tell whether the photo is real or not.

2. Flashy – When you go to a website and there are all these colors and banners and pictures you may think right away that it is a really neat site however all of that flash could just be a cover-up for a lack of substance within the site. Some of the most basic community sites such as Reddit are very minimalistic when it comes to the design of the site but they are filled with great content.

3. Facts – Many schools will not allow the use of sites such as Wikipedia for research papers because it is not stable information. At first glance you will see excellent and in-depth information. The problem is that anyone can go onto that site and add whatever information they feel like adding. It is a great starting site to get some of the information that is needed but a back-up reputable site should be another source. There is a lot of great information that is fact-based out there, you just need to make your kids aware of what are the good sites and which ones aren’t.

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