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Monday, November 23, 2015

Kids Are Increasingly Falling For What They See Online

U.K. Kids Increasingly Credulous Online, Finds Ofcom

Natash Lomas | November 20, 2015

While there has been high profile U.K. government backing for furnishing the nation’s youth with digital skills in recent years, including a requirement in the English national curriculum to start teaching coding to primary age children, new research from comms industry regulator Ofcom suggests a parallel push to teach kids to be much better critical thinkers in our information-overloaded era is also desperately needed.
As it stands, a growing segment of the nation’s youth is far too credulous when it comes to the media they are consuming online, with Ofcom finding that British kids sometimes lack the understanding to decide whether the digital content they are viewing is true or impartial.


<more at; related links: (Children’s Media Use and Attitudes Report 2015. Section 6 – Knowledge and understanding of media among 8-15s.) and (Children and parents: Media use and attitudes report 2015. November 20, 2015)>

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