I’ve also been thinking about how important it is for both parents and teachers to help students recognize credible and objective sources. I remembered this lesson I designed for middle schoolers on how to know whether a video was objective or not.
This lesson is packaged in a PowerPoint presentation, and the Notes section has directions for how to use it. All handouts are embedded, and they can only be downloaded when the PowerPoint is not in Slideshow mode. I checked all the web links, and they still work, but you might want to replace them with videos on topics that might interest your children more.
I hope that you’ll download it to get some ideas for your children. Once you’ve taken a look at it or used it, please come back to this page and comment to let me know if you found it useful. If so, I’ll upload some other lessons that might be helpful during this time. Here is a description of this lesson package:
Evaluating Video Sources–Perhaps the most important lesson we can teach our children in an age where they get their information from online sources is how to recognize whether a video is objective and credible. This lesson package offers resources for helping students recognize biases in videos that purport to be informational or news pieces.
For what it’s worth I think a lot of adults could use this lesson right now, too!