Young students struggle to identify unreliable sources
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Apr 30, 2019
Young students struggle to identify unreliable sources

A website dedicated to reliable sources is helping young students find trusted content. But in removing unreliable sources, 'Web For Classrooms' might not be teaching kids how to manage content effectively, providing an opportunity to better teach critical thinking of online sources.

Web for Classrooms – a website curating reliable and verified webpages for students – helps young people ensure they are using trusted sites for their research. All sources on the platform have their reliability hand checked by teachers and are matched to curriculums taught. But by removing untrusted sources, the website might not teach students how to think critically, since it removes the comparison between reliable and unreliable sources. Research published in 2017, by the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that in “[placing] greater priority on the coordination of opportunities for exploration, expression, and empowerment through digital media with risk prevention efforts; adolescents [can] learn to manage, rather than simply avoid, risks inherent to life online”.