Teaching news literacy to students important in the digital era

The News Literacy Project posted a piece titled “News Literacy: Critical Thinking Skills for the 21st Century,” which touches on the importance of teaching news literacy to students of the digital era. Students, according to the author, are both digital natives and victims of digital naiveté.

Digital natives are students who use “a piece of technology with almost eerie intuitiveness” and have “grown up with these tools and have assimilated their logic.” One the flip side, digital naiveté is “when a student trusts a source of information that is obviously unreliable.” For instance, there was a hoax that said the iOS7 update for Apple products included a “smart-switch” that rendered the devices waterproof.

The News Literacy Project suggests teachers incorporate news literacy into their curriculum to effectively prepare students for the continual influx of information in the digital era.