Saturday, Feb 26 2022

High school students lack the maturity to manage how to distinguish fake internet information, what affects their critical capacity

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Scientific Articles

  • Baumgartner, S. E., Weeda, W. D., van der Heijden, L. L., & Huizinga, M. (2014). The Relationship Between Media Multitasking and Executive Function in Early Adolescents. The Journal of Early Adolescence34(8), 1120 1144.
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Explanation of the Post

Internet is a required tool that is part of our daily lives, without a doubt have a positive influence on people`s learning and development as long as it is done a correct use of it is done.

Adolescents are one of the groups that uses Internet the most, especially with the rise of social networks. The problem is that fake news and hoaxes are becoming more common, this is nothing new, but Internet makes them spread more quickly. This problem is compounded by the fact that in most cases young people do not have the maturity to perceive whether the information being provided is evidence-based or not, a big obstacle not only for society, also for their own personal development.

Given this situation, it is worth reflecting on the need for a school that equips students with tools for a correct reading of the contents according to their level maturity, and in this way their critical thinking would be encouraged. If we achieve those values such as respect or assertiveness will be present, and they would get the ability to assess critically, autonomously, and reflexively.

Vicent Gozálvez in his book “Media Citizenship” explains: “There can be no critical citizenship without training in a good use of the media, nor can there be media citizenship without the critical interpretation of the contents that they offer us” (Gozálvez, 2012, p.105)

Other sources

  • Gozálvez, V. (2012). Ciudadanía Mediática. Una mirada educativa. Dykinson

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