I’m not sure about you, but I often receive emails about someone being car-jacked at a mall or other frightening events in my community, a request to send money to someone in Nigeria, or a notice from an online account that I’m sure I haven’t used.
My friends who forward these warnings may have my best interest in mind, but I’ve finally started checking things on www.snopes.com before sending them along the “food chain.” And most of the time, these are urban legends that are simply untrue. Many of the other notices go to my spam or “junk” file and I’m careful to not open. Occasionally one of these messages will slip through.
Some of these are urban legends, some are phishing expeditions to get into credit card or banking accounts, some are from online predators, and some are actually hoaxes—false information intentionally spread to hook others.
How do you help your child think critically and not automatically believe everything in print? How do you instill a sense of caution without making your child afraid?
Check out the holiday Wonder titled “What Is a Hoax?” and please share your thoughts and strategies that work for you!
Thanks for pointing that out--we had looked at that when preparing the Wonder and I was really happy to see a lesson dedicated to this aspect of critical thinking. Do you know of any resources targeting younger children?