Using S.U.R.E. to verify information
Recently, we had the opportunity to teach our kids about verifying information online. It was really quite an experience! And it had to do with Katy Perry.
On Sunday after church, Nicole told us that one of her church friends told her that Katy Perry was involved in a plane crash. And, her boyfriend died. We were surprised, cause this sounded like big news! And Nathan added, YES, he heard all about this plane crash too!
We were really curious, but told the kids, that’s not possible. If there was a plane crash that involved such a big pop star, it would have been in the papers. And we didn’t recall seeing it. So we sat them around the computer, and did a google search. This is what we found:
On first glance, it looks like there was really a plane crash. I mean, the headlines says she survived it, using her Lumia camera to take photos, Ryan Seacrest talked about it. It should be true ya?
Thank God for National Library Board’s S.U.R.E. campaign. We decided to dig deeper beyond the headlines and apply the 4 ways of S.U.R.E. to this piece of information
With the information we have, we have to look at the SOURCE. We started telling the kids who Ryan Seacrest was, and WP-Central and Web Pro News (the top three in Google results).
We clicked on each on the top 3 results and read what each post said. It was clear what the plane crash was about! But we taught the kids to check out each post to UNDERSTAND what each said.
We got them to RESEARCH further. We googled “Katy Perry Plane Crash Video”.
Needless to say, we found THE music video that showed the plane crash. We watched the video and saw the plane crash, and the boyfriend who died.
We then EVALUATED the information we gathered. And the conclusion was hahaha! The plane crash was not real, but rather the storyline for her latest music video! (I’m sure you knew that?)
Having gone through S.U.R.E., our kids learnt something about using online tools to assess the credibility of information they came across, they also got to enjoy the new MV! Find out more about the campaign and the 4 ways of S.U.R.E. by visiting http://sure.nl.sg and http://fb.com/sgsure
Here’s leaving you with Katy Perry’s latest hit music video!
This is a sponsored post from National Library Board. All opinions are 100% my own.
That was a really good lesson learned through that. So interesting and I guess this is the kind of thing that starts rumors, right?
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This is definitely a great lesson to teach the kids. There are so many stories out there that people make up just to get a laugh about.
I've never heard of this, but think it's a really great tool. There's just so much on the internet that it's hard to separate fact from fiction.
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I hadn't heard of this and really good information. Thanks for sharing!
Wow, that's pretty awesome that there are sources like this to check the facts. Great lesson too for your kiddos.
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This is definitely something great to go over with kids. There are so many untruths floating around on the internet.
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What a neat way to look into stories more. And I love that they had some fun with it also.
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Oh google — I like this SURE – I love how it helped you figure out the real truth 🙂
I have never heard of this before! Very cool to find out what the truth really is!
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This is such a great way to find out information!
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I'm all for people using their brains and not just taking what they read as truth.
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I like to check and recheck news that I am told.
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What a great system. I am going to pin this so I have it as a reference when I sit down with my kids.
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This is a great way to verify info. Too often people post things, especially to social media, without taking the time to ensure the info is correct.
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