In this age of misinformation, News & Social Media Literacy is vital to cultivating the next generation of informed, active citizens.
WHY?95% of teenagers have smartphones and 45% report being online almost constantly. (2018 Pew Research.)
44% of children feel they can tell fake news stories from real ones. However, 31% of kids who shared a story online in the last six months say they found out later it was wrong or inaccurate. (2017 Commonsense Media Poll.)
WHAT?Students are educated on the concepts of misinformation and disinformation. They learn how to identify reliable sources and how to spot the hallmarks of quality journalism. They learn online tools and techniques to fact check, such as lateral reading technique and the SIFT method. Students also learn how disinformation campaigns affect countries around the world, as well as how their digital footprints affect them online.
WHO? The curriculum for the program was developed and is being taught by Theresa Walsh Giarrusso, a journalist with 26 years of experience writing, editing and working with students across the country. Her company, Who Says Media, is dedicated to instructing students, teachers and senior citizens to use the tools and techniques of journalists to discern real news from disinformation.
The pilot began at Buzz Aldrin Middle School, and it expanded to Montclair High School. The goal is to expand this district-wide.
Now. Donate here to continue MFEE’s efforts to make Montclair’s students informed and educated news consumers.