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HELPING OUR T/WEENS DISCERN FACT FROM FICTION

Whether it’s our Boks wearing purple after the Listerine Blue debacle or new Chinese currency taking over the rand, at KLIKD we love finding tools and strategies that promote critical thinking and healthy information consumption among our screenagers. Enter the “Ground News” app and the significance of helping teens learn how to discern fact from fake news, bias, and agenda-driven content.

Ground News is a fantastic app that empowers users to stay informed about current events while also helping them navigate the complex world of news sources. Here’s how it works:

1.   Aggregator of News Sources  : Ground News gathers news articles from various sources, presenting a diverse range of perspectives on a given topic. It’s like having a virtual newsstand at your fingertips, offering multiple viewpoints.

2.   Bias Detection  : One of the app’s standout features is its bias detection. It assigns a bias rating to each news source, indicating whether it leans left, right, or centre. This helps our teens (and us) become aware of potential biases in the news they consume.

3.   Blindspot Analysis  : Ground News also provides a blindspot analysis, highlighting news stories that are underreported by either left- or right-leaning sources. This feature encourages users to explore news beyond their usual sources.

More than ever, especially with the arrival of AI at their finger tips, it’s crucial for our children to develop the skill of discerning factual information from biased or agenda-driven content. Having downloaded and tried it ourselves, we really believe Ground News supports:

  • Critical Thinking  : Adolescence is a critical time for brain development, and teaching teens to critically evaluate information is essential. Encouraging them to question sources, look for evidence, and consider multiple perspectives fosters robust critical thinking skills.
  • Resilience to Misinformation  : In an age of information overload, misinformation and fake news are prevalent. Teaching teens to be discerning consumers of news helps them avoid falling prey to false narratives and this, we know, goes a long way to protecting their mental well-being.
  • Informed Citizenship  : As future citizens and voters, teenagers need to be informed about the world around them. Learning to differentiate between reliable information and biased content empowers them to make informed decisions and participate in a democratic society.
  • Reducing Polarization  : By understanding bias and agenda-driven reporting, teens can engage in more constructive conversations with their friends who may hold differing views. This promotes healthy dialogue and reduces polarization in society.
  • Media Literacy  : Media literacy is a vital life skill in today’s digital age. Ground News can serve as a valuable resource for teens to develop media literacy skills, ensuring they are equipped to navigate the complex media landscape.

Below some ways to chat about these skills and the importance of downloading app’s that really are value adds in all our lives

CONVERSATION STARTERS

  1. “I read this article about how your generation is becoming more critical of news sources. What do you think about media bias, and how can we become better at spotting it?”
  2. “I’ve been exploring this interesting app called Ground News that helps us see how different news sources cover the same stories. Let’s find one thing we both are interested in (think rugby news, crypto currency – anything you both want to know more about) check it out together and see what we can learn about media bias?”
  • “How do you decide which online information sources to trust?”, 
  • “Do you ever come across news that doesn’t seem quite right? What do you do when you find what feels like fake news”
  • “What do you think the impact is on the world, or even just your friend group when one of you shares a story that is filled with agenda, bias or is simply not true?”

The Ground News app is a valuable tool in helping teenagers become discerning consumers of news. By teaching them to recognize bias, agenda, and fake news, we equip them with the skills they need to navigate the information age with confidence, critical thinking, and resilience. It’s all about empowering our teens to be informed, engaged, and responsible digital citizens.

Stay connectedSarah and Pam 

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