Crap Detection PSA

I agree with what Howard Rheingold said in his video because it is important for kids to be able to use the internet wisely and be able to distinguish between good and bad websites. There are a lot of different websites and sources of information on the internet and kids today need to know what is right and wrong. With so many people in the world, not all of the information is going to be true. Things on the internet can constantly be changed and it is important to know whether that information is valuable. They need to know what website will have the correct information for whatever they are doing. It was interesting how Rheingold talked about both skills and literacy. Kids have great, useful skills to be able to use the internet to find so many things. The aspect they are lacking in is the web literacy; meaning the distinction between the right and wrong, good and bad.

I looked at the Can You Spot the Fake Scientific Studies which related to the Rheingold video. The website had a chart where it showed two different titles and sources of scientific studies and people voted on which one they thought was true. Then at the end it showed me which ones were real. It was interesting to see how even the fake studies seemed so real and how anyone could do that on the internet. Out of three sets of comparisons on the website, I got two of them right and the last one wrong.

I did not like the Frontline videos because the man said that Google and the internet make us dumb. I understand what he is saying in that it is easier for people to do things and find things using the internet, but it does not necessarily make people dumb. People still know how to do things even if they go on the internet sometimes. The internet is already a big part of our lives and it is not just going to go away.

I know I am not super savvy with the internet, but I still know what websites are helpful to me and which ones are not. I have learned to have good “crap detection” skills through what I have learned in school and what assignments I have had to do.



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