Viralgranskaren, a department on the newspaper Metro, which examines and analyzes news and internet phenomenon, has nominated March 13th to be the Source Criticism Day. They have also created a facebook event on Monday. If you are a teacher, you and your class can sign up to follow the day and take part in activities. The celebrations will be held in Swedish.
Information can exist of a multiple of reasons. To entertain, market something, spread propaganda, incite an emotion, express an opinion, mislead or something else. Therefore, you shall always be reading with a questioning mind, especially when you are on the Internet. Source criticism can feel challenging, but the only way to get better is to try to refresh your skills. A question easy to remember is: Who has written what for who and why? But do not forget to look for evidences, check the relevancy and other things too. And do not stop asking questions just because you do not find all answers. You are also always welcome to the library to talk about and get help and support with source criticism.
If you are a student, do not hesitate to contact parents, librarian, teacher or any other adult if there are any questions you have about something you have read on the Internet or else where.
If you are a teacher, Skolverket yesterday sent out a press release, the government decided to increase focus on digital media and source criticism. Here you can read it.
Elza Dunkel, who is associate professor of educational work and works as a teacher educator and researcher at Umeå University, has given us the permission to publish the yet unpublished pictures below. They are from a lecture called Confident and critical use of the internet – secondary school, held in Malmö, March 9th. There you can see the children’s journal character Bamse giving us advices regarding the Internet. You can find a translation to what Bamse, his frends and family say below the images.
“Many adults have difficulty understanding why certain things on the internet is fun – try to explain to them!”
“If you come across something on the internet that you’re thinking about or is worrying, talk to an adult about it.”
“Remember that you always have the right to change your mind. Even if you have promised something, send a picture or be friends with someone, you can always take back the promise and say no. So use your gut feeling: Do this feels good in your body? Is this what you want? If not, say no.”