Teach kids to be discerning during breaking news.By Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media editor
When big news breaks, it's easy to get caught up in following the news online. But while the Internet -- from major news sites to Twitter -- can be a valuable place to find useful information, it can also be the source of misinformation. Helping kids and teens understand the news and how to separate fact from fiction is an important job for parents and educators.
Here's some advice parents can offer kids and teens who consume the news:
1. Remember, breaking news is often wrong. In the rush to cover stories, reporters make mistakes, officials don't always have correct information, and tidbits that sound plausible often get passed around before anyone can check for accuracy. One Texas TV station reported through closed captioning that Zooey Deschanel was one of the accused Boston Marathon bombers!
2. Use social media wisely. Some say Twitter is a great source of news in the first few minutes of a tragedy, but after that itRead More »from 6 Ways to Teach Kids Media Smarts During Breaking News